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Joey Moss, beloved Edmonton sports figure, dies at 57

Joey Moss

WINNIPEG, MB - OCTOBER 22: Locker room attendant Joey Moss poses with Milan Lucic #27 of the Edmonton Oilers after practice for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic to be played against the Winnipeg Jets at Investors Group Field on October 22, 2016 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Joey Moss, a longtime Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Football team locker room attendant, has died at age 57.

The Moss family said Joey “passed away peacefully” on Monday.

“Joey was a remarkable person who taught us to love, laugh, and enjoy life always,” his family said in a statement. “While Joey is most recognized as the dressing room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Football Team, and singing the national anthem; Joey is also remembered for his incredible dance moves and putting a smile on your face when you are feeling down.”

Donations made in Moss’ name will go to the Winnifred Stewart Foundation, an organization for people with disabilities.

Moss, who had Down syndrome, began working for the Oilers in 1984-85 and quickly became a favorite in the organization. Wayne Gretzky met him while dating Moss’ sister, Vikki. From there, Gretzky introduced him to the team.

Not only did Moss handle typical locker room attendant duties, he also performed O Canada on a number of occasions.

The NHL Alumni Association awarded Moss their “Seventh Man Award” in 2003, given to those “whose behind-the-scenes efforts make a difference in the lives of others.” In 2015, he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. The Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers honored him at their 2017 meetings.

In a release, the Oilers wrote: “He will be dearly missed. Once an Oiler, always an Oiler. Our friend, Joey Moss.”


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.