Pat Sajak Gets Icy Reception as Stanley Cup Finals Starting Lineup Announcer

Sajak’s appearance baffles fans

Last Updated: June 2, 2018 @ 8:25 PM

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak got the cold shoulder from hockey fans when he announced the starting lineups for the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night.

When hosting in their hometown arena, the Knights have kicked up the showmanship on the pregame festivities this season, with everything from sword fights to performances by Lil John and Imagine Dragons. With Game 3 at Capital One Arena in D.C., the Caps planned to have a little fun by having Sajak — who said he’s been a Caps season ticket holder for 13 years — announce the starting lineups, like ring announcer Michael Buffer did before Game 1.

But hockey enthusiasts were underwhelmed by the choice of Sajak.

“Nothing sys [sic] hockey like Pat Sajak said no one ever WTF?” tweeted one fan.

Keith Olbermann didn’t hold back his opinion either, tweeting: “If anything better defines the historical vacuum that is the Caps, it’s that the ‘celebrity’ lineup announcer is @patsajak droning on pointlessly about his lifelong fandom – 13 years. Wow! 13 WHOLE YEARS? After 20 as a self-professed Kings fan? #IdLikeYouToBuyAPersonalityPat.”

And the criticism continued to roll in.