Alex Trebek's famed mustache once cost him a sportscasting job

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Alex Trebek's evolving hairstyles were often a topic of fodder for pop culture junkies.

The beloved Jeopardy! host's passing this week marked a flood of remembrances, some touching on the TV icon's once-prominent facial hair, which he famously shaved several decades after he -- and it -- became household fixtures.

Trebek memorably turned heads when he first sheered his 70s-style 'stache in 2001, but according to a recent report, the facial hair was a more serious matter earlier in the native Canadian's career.

Long before Jeopardy!, Trebek was on a short list of candidates to host Hockey Night in Canada for the CBC back in 1971, where he was already working at the time, according to The Hockey News.

One executive was convinced that Trebek -- a native Ottawan who had hosted game shows and called live events such as horse racing and figure skating -- was the right man to take over amid a shakeup in on-air talent.

But his boss overruled, the story said -- because he didn't dig Trebek's mustache.

The job ultimately went to Dave Hodge, who held the position for 17 years before his retirement in 1987. Hodge exited amid controversy, the report said, after appearing to disagree on-air with network executives' decision to cut away from a game.

Trebek remained with the CBC for two more years before making the jump to the US in 1973. He hosted a series of game shows for the better part of a decade before taking over as host of the newly relaunched Jeopardy! in 1984.

He changed up his facial hair several times after initially ditching the mustache in 2001, regrowing the 'stache at least once, whi