The annual event honoring the league’s best regular-season performances was one of the “Jeopardy!” host and longtime hockey fan’s few public appearances since announcing his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
“Thank you Jon, thank you Las Vegas, and thanks to the hockey world for all your support. Growing up in Canada, you realize very early on that hockey is in your DNA,” the Ontario native said, as he recalled how his favorite player of all time, Gordie Howe, had once won the Hart Memorial Trophy.
Trebek, 78, went on to present this year’s trophy for the league Mvp to Tampa Bay Lightening right winger Nikita Kucherov.
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Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which has a 9% survival rate,