Edmonton sports legend Joey Moss has passed away. He was 57 years old.
Moss was instrumental behind the scenes with the Oilers and Edmonton Football Team. He was a locker room attendant for both franchises.
“Edmonton lost a hero today. 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 Edmonton Football Team said in a statement.
“More than that, Joey endeared himself to everyone in our province, our country and beyond, no matter who they were. He was a symbol of what true teamwork is comprised of and we are all better for having known him. He touched us all.”
At the urging of Wayne Gretzky, Moss joined the Oilers in the 1984-85 season and the Esks in 1986. He seemingly found his place with both teams instantly. Along the way, Moss slid his way into the heart of the city of Edmonton, CFL.ca senior reporter Chris O’Leary wrote in his outstanding feature.
The Joey Moss Cup is awarded to the winner of the Oilers intrasquad game at the end of training camp each year. Moss was recognized by the NHL Alumni Association with the Seventh Man Award for his service in the league following the 2003 season.
His dedication to each team was painted in stone with a mural on 99th Street in Edmonton, which was unveiled on October 20, 2008. He earned the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in November 2012. Moss was immortalized in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in May 2015.
The entire Edmonton Football Team and Canadian Football League are deeply saddened to learn of his passing. The CFL community extends heartfelt condolences to the Moss family.