Achievement Award - Inducted 2015
Joey Moss has been an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos organizations since the 1984/85 season, when Wayne Gretzky introduced him to the Oilers team. Born with Down syndrome, Joey's tireless work ethic and dedication to both clubs continued for more than 30 years. On a daily basis, Joey helped the training staff with dressing room and equipment duties and he provided encouragement to the players in the locker room, on the bench and sidelines. Joey was awarded the NHL Alumni Association's "Seventh Man Award" in 2003, for those "whose behind-the-scenes efforts make a difference in the lives of others."
The Edmonton Oilers organization created the Joey Moss Cup for the winners of the Oilers training camp intra-squad tournament. The game has become a local event raising money for local charities.
More importantly, Joey became a much beloved citizen in the community and a living legend across Canada. Watching his enthusiastic rendition of O’ Canada has made us all proud to be Canadian. On Fan Day at Clarke Stadium, Joey's autograph is the most requested. In the community, he has lent his name and support to "Joey's Home" for individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as helping with other numerous events and fundraisers.
Joey received the Mayor's Award in 2007. In 2008, the City of Edmonton unveiled a mural on 99 Street, which pays tribute to Joey's contributions and remarkable spirit. Joey was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was named Ambassador for the Canadian Down Syndrome Society Conference in Edmonton in 2015.
The Edmonton Eskimos organization is quoted saying, "Joey is a pioneer and leader in sports, not only for people with disabilities but for the players, coaches, staff and fans who have the honour of meeting him."
Moss died on October 26, 2020, at 57 in Edmonton Alberta