The Ottawa Senators kicked off the season by paying tribute to the late Alex Trebek.
Just before the start of Friday night’s season-opening game, reported ESPN, the Senators held a moment of silence for the Canadian TV legend — who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in November — and team manager John Muckler, who passed away on Jan. 4.
The Senators offered a brief tribute to Trebek, describing him a “Canadian icon” and reminding that he celebrated his 2017 investiture as a member of the Order of Canada in 2017 at a Senators home game.
The Senators held a moment of silence before the game to honour Alex Trebek and John Muckler. pic.twitter.com/49yrEE9XxS
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 16, 2021
The Sudbury-born Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, and was a staunch Senators fan.
Just one month before his death at age 80, Trebek surprised his fellow fans by recording a video message during the NHL draft to announce Ottawa had selected forward Tim Stutzle as the No. 3 overall pick.