Joey Moss, Edmonton sports icon, dies at age 57

Tanya Simon
October 28, 2020

Edmonton Oilers sports legend Joey Moss has died. Gretzky approached then GM Glen Sather about hiring him.

Moss was born in 1963 with Down Syndrome, the 12th of 13 children to Lloyd and Sophie Moss. Moss joined the Edmonton Football Team in 1986 and held roles with both organizations for over 30 years.

Yes, teams need owners, but they also need people like Joey Moss. "Joey's bravery, humor, strength, work ethic and perseverance in our dressing room and in our community left indelible impressions that will live with us all", the team said in a statement. It's hard to explain why Joey was so important to this team, to this city.

"Joey, once an Oiler, always an Oiler - you will always be one". Joey Moss was synonymous with sports in Edmonton for nearly the past four decades.

Included in the conversation were former equipment managers of the Oilers, Lyle "Sparky" Kulchisky and Barrie Stafford and former head medical trainer Ken Lowe. He loved the Oilers.

Hall of Famer Joey Moss, the long-time dressing room attendant of both the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos, has bellowed out O Canada for the final time. He will be forever remembered for the awesome impact he has made on so many people along the way.

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In 2003 Joey Moss was awarded the NHL Alumni Association's Seventh Man Award in recognition of outstanding service, behind the scenes in the league. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, and his presence profoundly impacted most every Oilers player, including The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

"Edmonton lost a hero today".

"As much as Joey did for all of us, and he did a lot ..."

I've attended many such affairs over the years, but they won't be the same without Joey himself present to belt out the national anthem with his customary gusto, or to hand out "his" trophy at night's end.

"On behalf of all the players who had the honour to get to know him, we are so saddened to hear the news of Joey's passing. He touched us all". Those are the same words that I would use to describe Joey Moss. "He is the soul of the (Oilers)", former Oilers captain Andrew Ference said on Twitter.

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