A month ago at the draft, Bettman ceded the stage to Trebek on set in Hollywood in a surprise to reveal the Senators first pick, Tim Stuetzle, in correct Jeopardy! style, the form of a question. The pre-arranged deal with Sens general manager Pierre Dorion had Trebek record three bits in case the club had been able to choose Alex Lafreniere or Quinton Byfield.
The flags in front of the Sens’ home at the Canadian Tire Centre were lowered this week in tribute, while Leafs fans re-posted a clip of Trebek and Toronto’s Tie Domi in team sweaters when Trebek had Domi help quiz contestants on the Clint Eastwood movie The Enforcer. Many players and teams also tweeted their own messages about Trebek the past couple of days.
While Trebek peppered his show with hockey references, he often reminisced about a show two days before Super Bowl LII with a full category on football. Three nerdy contestants, a banker, lawyer and teacher, never buzzed in for all five questions, which a stunned Trebek said almost never happened in 35 years, but they went on to earn more money than most of the NFL players.
SYMBOLIC SHIFT FOR BRONCO
The goal was on an empty net in a deserted rink.
But when Layne Matechuk went top shelf a couple of days ago in Saskatchewan during a video posted by his father, Kevin, it warmed fans everywhere. A survivor of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash 2 1/2 years ago, spending months in a coma, Matechuk had a stick and gloves again, skating gingerly, but shooting with some zip.
Sixteen players and team members died on April 6, 2018, the now 20-year-old Matechuk among 13 injured. His brain injury required extensive help to re-learn walking and talking, in addition to jaw surgery. Semi-truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving, after running a stop sign near Tisdale, Sask., colliding with the Humboldt bus. He is serving eight years in jail, but should be up against a wall in front of a firing squad.