Edmonton sports legend Joey Moss died on Monday at the age of 57.
Moss’ family released a statement online, thanking everyone who supported and embraced him.
“We hope that Joey’s legacy will continue on through the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Football Team, and all professional sports clubs and workplaces, as we continue to recognize the contributions that people with developmental disabilities make in our society, as integral members of the workforce,” the statement reads.
Moss captured Edmonton’s heart as the locker room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Football Team for decades.
The #Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the passing of our dear friend & colleague, the legendary Joey Moss.
Once an Oiler, always an Oiler.
RIP, Joey. 🧡💙 pic.twitter.com/KJSkN9oO9W
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 27, 2020
He was brought to the attention of the Oilers by none other than Wayne Gretzky, starting to work for the team in 1984-85.
Janet & I are saddened to learn about the passing of Joey Moss. Not only was Joey a fixture in the Edmonton dressing room, he was someone I truly considered a friend. We will miss you Joey and you will always live on through our memories. Our thoughts are with Joey’s loved ones. pic.twitter.com/5ucUQhcWQp
— Wayne Gretzky Estates (@GretzkyEstates) October 27, 2020
Moss was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
His passing was acknowledged by the Edmonton Football Team, highlighting his impact on not only Edmonton but beyond.
“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 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.”
In addition to his contribution to the sporting world, The Joey Moss Literacy Centre For Excellence was launched in 2019.
His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnifred Stewart Foundation, which supports people with disabilities.