Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is a huge hockey fan.  This had to be a tough one for him.

The January 26, 2020, episode of the hit game show Jeopardy! featured a category dedicated to officiating: “Whistleblowers.”

The questions — or, answers, since this is Jeopardy! — dealt with officials and rules-related questions from major sports.  It was the $800 question in that category that stumped the contestants.



For $800:  “In the NHL, referees call penalties; these officials call offsides & break up fights.”

After a long pause, Greg Kihm, a systems engineer from Washington, D.C., gave it a shot.

“What are umpires..?”

Neither remaining contestant – Signe Peterson Fourmy, a PhD candidate from Austin, Texas, or MacKenzie Jones, a program development director from Tulsa, Oklahoma – buzzed in.

A disappointed Trebek offered the correct response.

“Who are the linesmen.  Linesmen.”


Of course, this isn’t the first time Trebek has been embarrased by a contestant’s response to a hockey question.

You can check out the rest of the category over at J-archive.