September 18 2011 07:15AM
The Joey Moss is an annual rite of fall, a chance to watch the town team as a family and honor the organization's finest: Joey Moss.
If hard work, dedication and loyalty have any place in today's busy world, then surely Joey Moss is a shining example for all of us. A past winner of the Oilers "7th Man Award" and a very popular Edmontonian. One of the enduring memories for this fan from from 2006 spring was seeing Moss belt out the anthem before every game. It became part of the story, part of the emotion during a welcome romp to the Staney Cup finals. Oiler fans of any age feel a special connection with Moss: he's been there every minute with us--through good times and bad--and delivered. New employees would do well to copy the work ethic and dedication displayed by the Oilers finest.
Moss has given over 25 years of his life to the Oilers, and for many fans (my children included) is the most popular member of the entire organization. In a city crushed by disappointment on the sports pages in the last few years, Joey Moss remains the same today as he was 25 year ago: a winner.
Ryan Smyth returns today in Oiler silks, and that will be an emotional moment for Oiler fans. An entire general of Oilers Nation views Smyth as their icon, their Messier, their Gretzky, their Weight. His welcome home should bring down the house this afternoon.
ROSTERS (courtesy Oilers website)
28 Ryan Jones - 68 Tyler Pitlick - 46 Ryan Keller
75 Antti Tyrvainen - 67 Gilbert Brule - 51 Philippe Cornet
16 Darcy Hordichuk - 42 Ryan O'Marra - 37 Lennert Petrell
13 Cam Barker - 77 Tom Gilbert
41 Taylor Chorney - 86 Kirill Tulupov
87 David Musil - 81 Taylor Fedun
78 Martin Gernat - 48 Alex Plante
30 Olivier Roy
38 David LeNeveu
4 Taylor Hall - 57 Anton Lander - 14 Jordan Eberle
94 Ryan Smyth - 20 Eric Belanger - 56 Teemu Hartikainen
55 Ben Eager - 54 Chris VandeVelde - 61 Tobias Rieder
60 Tanner House - 66 Ryan Martindale - TBA
5 Ladislav Smid - 24 Theo Peckham
25 Andy Sutton - 44 Corey Potter
80 Martin Marincin - 88 Brandon Davidson
82 Jeremie Blain - 58 Jeff Petry
34 Yann Danis
1 Tyler Bunz
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Two years ago, the Oilers dumped this game because Pat Quinn wanted to institute some new systems and training camp time was dear. I didn't understand that--why not just start TC a day early--and the hockey Gods agreed, making certain the Oilers finished 30th two seasons in a row.
Smyth is back, the Joey Moss Cup will be handed out this afternoon and Edmonton can welcome back the Oilers for another long (and hopefully fun) winter.