Oilers legend Joey Moss to Alberta Hall of Fame


Joey Moss, right, and Wayne Gretzky. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The most beloved member of the Edmonton Oilers who never played a game for the club will be honoured later this spring.

Joey Moss, the longtime locker room attendant for the Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos, will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet in Red Deer on May 29 for his contributions to hockey and football.

Wayne Gretzky helped land Moss a job in the Oilers room back in 1985, when the Boys on the Bus were unstoppable and the Great One was dating Moss’s older sister, Vikki.

Through his dedication to the job, Moss, who was born with Down’s syndrome, has become a living legend in Edmonton, singing “O Canada” at a game, appearing on national television, and winning the NHL Alumni Association’s Seventh Man Award in 2003. The Joey Moss Cup, the trophy given to the winning side of the Oilers’ annual split-squad game, is named after him.

Moss was also awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Gotta See It: Joey Moss Great Moments

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame honours athletes, builders and media personnel for contribution to the growth of their sport.

Moss will be joined by Carla MacLeod (hockey), Kevin Martin (curling), Bruce MacGregor (hockey), Bill Warren (builder), Hugh McPherson (builder), James “Bearcat” Murray (builder), the 2007-09 Lethbridge Women’s Pronghorns (rugby), Dave and Jean Folinsbee (pioneer; badminton), Peter Maher (voice of the Calgary Flames), and Chris Koch (multisport) in the class of 2015.

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