Sports world mourns the loss of beloved Canadian broadcaster Alex Trebek

Legendary Canadian broadcaster Alex Trebek sadly passed away on Sunday. Sportsnet's Eric Thomas highlights the impact the long time host of Jeopardy! had on the hockey and sporting world.

Canada has lost one of its most beloved icons.

Alex Trebek, longtime host of the quiz show "Jeopardy!" died Sunday at the age of 80 surrounded by family and friends at his home in California.

The Sudbury, Ont., native, who debuted as host of "Jeopardy!" in 1984, announced his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2019.

“Thanks to the — believe it or not — hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well,” Trebek said a week after telling the world of his diagnosis. “I’m a lucky guy.”

Following the news of his passing on Sunday, that outpouring of love continued, with figures from around the sports world mourning the loss of one of Canada's best.

"Alex was a true and much beloved Canadian icon, and a very special member of the Ottawa Senators family," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "We will always be grateful to Alex for the special role he played in announcing the Senators' first draft choice this year. For his legions of fans, Alex's class and professionalism will endure as will his love for our game. Thank you, Alex, for your legacy. The Senators family and the entire Capital Region will miss you." — Ottawa Senators

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