One of the brightest stars of the Edmonton Oilers organization was honoured in a big way Monday afternoon, and a crowd of family, friends, and fans braved a crisp fall wind to join in the celebration.
Earlier this year, Joey Moss – a valuable member of the Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos dressing room teams for over 20 years – was voted a Giant of Edmonton, and as such, Joey has now been featured on a colourful mural at 7016 99th Street. At Monday’s mural unveiling, representatives from the Oilers and Eskimos lined up to recognize Joey’s dedication to both organizations and celebrate his achievements in the community.
“It’s a great honour for him and it’s great for us to be able to show some support for him,” Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson, one of five players in attendance, said after the unveiling. “Joey’s a city icon. Everybody in the city knows him. He’s put up with a lot of stuff from us but he gives it right back, so we have a lot of fun with him and he enjoys being around, that’s for sure.”
Oilers equipment manager Lyle “Sparky” Kulchisky agreed with Roloson’s sentiments.
“[He is] a big part of the team and a big part of my life,” Sparky said. “The young kids were excited to come down – Tommy Gilbert, Bobby Nilsson, Cogliano, and Sammy, and Rolie the goalie. Everyone wanted to just support Joe. Because for Joe, that’s a big thing. For us, if it’s big for Joe, it’s big for us.”
In addition to Joey’s teammates, sister Patty was also on hand for the unveiling.
“We are so very, very proud of Joey and his accomplishments,” she said. “The dedication of this mural symbolizes the love of the people of Edmonton that they have for Joey. And we are grateful for this. It is a happy day for us to be a part of this and to share this great moment and tribute to Joey.”
The mural features a smiling Joey in an Eskimos jacket in front of Rexall Place. Designed and completed by artist Ian Mulder, the mural took months of planning, preparation, and painting.
“I’m a big fan of Joey Moss and what he symbolizes here in the city, and he’s a fascinating guy, so we put it together in the studio and found a wall and here it is,” Mulder explained.
“I think large-scale public art is important in the city because it makes our city look better, it makes our city feel better, and it improves the public space. But secondly, I think this particular project is interesting because we are recognizing local people in the community,” the artist continued. “I think we have so much here in our city that when we do programs like this and we do projects like this Joey Moss mural, we have the chance to sort of look ourselves in the mirror and say ‘Who are we?’ And great people like Joey or, for example, we had done Lois Hole earlier this summer, enable us to do that.”
As for the Great himself, Joey gave an enthusiastic and heartfelt Thank You to the crowd. “I am very, very happy. My family, the Edmonton Oilers club, the Edmonton Eskimos club are very, very happy for me. . . Thank you very much.”
The Giants of Edmonton project is a joint initiative between 630 CHED, Mulder Studios, and Capital City Clean Up's Graffiti Management Program. The project was inspired by the desire to recognize and celebrate local Edmononians while combatting and preventting graffiti throughout the City.
For more information on the Graffiti Management Program, visit http://www.edmonton.ca/environmental.