Edmonton sports legend Joey Moss has passed away at the age of 57.
Moss, who was born with Down syndrome, worked as a locker room attendant with the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Football Team for years. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
In a statement, Moss's household said he died quietly Monday with his household by his side.
"Joey was an exceptional individual who taught us to enjoy, laugh, and take pleasure in life constantly," the declaration stated.
Moss was introduced to the Oilers in the 1984-85 season by Wayne Gretzky and became a fixture with the team ever since. Gretzky said the 2 had a relationship that spanned decades.
"Janet and I are exceptionally saddened to find out about the passing of Joey Moss," checks out a statement posted to the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & & Distillery Facebook page.
"Not just was Joey a fixture in the Edmonton dressing room, he was somebody I truly considered a good friend-- a relationship that covered over 35 years.
"Joey was not only the spirit of our group, however of our community too. We will miss you Joey and you will always reside on through all the memories you have provided a lot of individuals. Our thoughts are with all of Joey's liked ones."
The #Oilers company is very saddened by the death of our dear friend && amp; associate, the famous Joey Moss.< Once an Oiler, constantly an Oiler.< RIP, Joey. pic.twitter.com/KJSkN9oO9W—@EdmontonOilers!.?.! Moss helped personnel with such jobs as filling water bottles,laundry and equipment
duties, but became more than an attendant over the years by supplying motivation to the locker space. Moss was a pillar in the Edmonton sports scene and a cherished sports figure in the city.
In addition to his locker space role, Moss is understood for his enthusiastic renditions of O Canada. The Edmonton Football Team states Moss's impact on the city went far beyond his locker room responsibilities.
"Edmonton lost a hero today,"the group said in a statement."Joey's bravery, humour, strength, work ethic and determination in our dressing room and in our community left enduring impressions that will live with us all."More than that, Joey endeared himself to everybody in our province, our country and beyond, no matter who they were.
He was a symbol of what real teamwork is consisted of and we are all better for having actually known him. He touched all of us. "VIEW Moss was presented to the Oilers in the 1984-85 season by Wayne Gretzky and ended up being a fixture with the team ever given that. RIP, Joey. In addition to his locker space function, Moss is understood for his passionate performances of O Canada."Joey's bravery, humour, strength, work principles and determination in our dressing room and in our community left enduring impressions that will live with us all. With the greatest of all-time ... and # 99.