A man revered for his commitment to the Edmonton sports scene, Joey Moss, 57, has died.
Moss, born in 1963, was the 12th of 13 children born to Lloyd and Sophie Moss. Born with the genetic condition Down syndrome, a disorder that results in developmental delays and varying intellectual disabilities, it never held him back.
Wayne Gretzky was the one who helped Joey get his start in Edmonton’s sports scene. Wayne, who was dating Moss’ sister Vikki in 1985, lobbied to Glen Sather to give Joey a job after seeing his hard work at a local bottle depot.
Whether he was filling up water bottles, folding towels or vacuuming the dressing room, Moss’ commitment to the Oilers was unmatched as his tenure was longer than that of nearly anyone in the organization.
Joey’s witty personality and outgoing nature were what made him such a staple. Moss could always be seen on the broadcasts of Oilers games right alongside the tunnel to the dressing room belting the national anthems, too.
Over the years, Moss worked hand-in-hand with all of those who walked through the doors of the Oilers arena. As his figure grew in the organization, so did it outside, too.
Moss became a staple of what it means to be an Edmontonian — someone who always came to work and gave it their all. His dedication was just as deep for the Edmonton CFL team, where Moss spent countless hours working a similar job to that with the Oilers.
He’d work for the CFL team from the opening of training camp in June through the middle of August, before heading to the rink to work in the Oilers room for the hockey season.
In 2003, Moss was given the NHL Alumni Association “Seventh Man Award” in recognition of the behind-the-scenes work Moss did. In 2015, he received another major nod as he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Above all, Moss was beloved by everyone in the city of Edmonton. One thing is for certain: the Oilers locker room will never be the same.
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— I ♥️ Edmonton (@iheartedmonton) October 26, 2020
We are getting word from multiple sources now that Joey Moss has passed away. God almighty, this is a terrible day. Godspeed. Joey. You will be be missed by so many people.
— Robin Brownlee (@Robin_Brownlee) October 26, 2020
— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) October 26, 2020
Just confirmed that Joey Moss has passed.
When I came to live in Edmonton, one of the first things I learned was how much of an impact his career had on the history of the Oilers, the Eskimos, and the city itself.
His was truly a life well-lived.
I’ll miss you, pal.
— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) October 27, 2020
— Derek Van Diest (@DerekVanDiest) October 26, 2020
Joey Moss really was the best of this city, working with the passion of a million burning suns for the sports and things he loved and touching too many lives to ever be able to count. #yeg #Yegcc #oilers pic.twitter.com/xNCTqOcKw0
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) October 26, 2020
So sorry to hear Joey Moss has passed away. There's never been anybody like him, the way he loved Oilers and Eskimos, and how hard he worked. He had smile that could light up an entire hockey rink. Sparky Kulchisky took Joey under his wing with Oilers.
— Jim Matheson (@jimmathesonnhl) October 27, 2020
Yeg lost an icon today. Thank you, Joey. pic.twitter.com/3ymhQlsoEl
— paige (@nooorzy) October 26, 2020
RIP, legend. 😭 pic.twitter.com/KgHjHb5e1d
— Much Spoopy Howl Boy (@TheTowelBoy) October 26, 2020
My heart is broken.
— same ol 🅽🅳, 90% more Dan (@theDanalytic) October 26, 2020
Joey Moss proved that despite any limitation or easy excuse, if you work really, really hard and keep good company you can live the life you dreamed of.
— Carly Dermott (@carlydermott) October 27, 2020