Oilers locker room attendant Joey Moss traded in his signature Oilers shirt and khakis for a suit and tie on Saturday, March 3 as he took to the runway at the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society’s Inaugural Uniquely Me Fashion Show and Gala.
The evening featured a cocktail hour, live and silent auctions followed by the main event – a fashion show featuring models born with Down syndrome paired with local celebrities. Joining Moss on the catwalk were Oilers alumni Al Hamilton and Sean Brown, former Edmonton Eskimo Gizmo Williams and Olympic Champion skater Jamie Salé.
“We are so grateful to have had Joey involved in the show. Edmonton loves its sports celebrities and to have Joey represent the Oilers as well as the Down syndrome population is priceless,” said Michelle Ponich, Executive Director of the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society.
After dazzling the crowd at the Winspear Centre, Joey continued his busy month of March by taking part as one of the 7,000 medal-bearers in the 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay on March 14. The Edmonton portion of the relay had the medal wind its way through Alberta’s Capital City with stops at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Legislature and City Centre before Moss was handed the medal at the south entrance to Sir Winston Churchill Square. Wearing his bright yellow tour jacket and a smile on his face, Moss completed his 250-metre section at City Hall accompanied by a standing ovation from local school children and relay staff.
The 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay, which is currently making its way through B.C. en route to its final destination of Vancouver, began in Newfoundland on August 24, 2011—25 years to the day after Rick commenced his cross-Canada finale of the Man in Motion World Tour.
A few days prior to the relay, Moss got a chance to catch up with his long-time friend, Hansen, before the Oilers versus Sharks game at Rexall Place.
After dropping the ceremonial first puck with Moss and receiving a standing ovation from a sell-out Rexall Place crowd, Canadian legend Hansen spoke of Moss and the relay.
“Our Cross-Canada relay is about celebrating the programs over the last 25 years to make our country more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities,” said the 6-time Olympic Champion. “We want to also recognize local heroes who’ve done their part to inspire people or to make a difference along the way.”
“Having Joey Moss, the representative of the Oilers and the sport and of life, is a real privilege because he’s been here with this organization for many years and his attitude is outstanding. He shows that in spite of challenges, everyone has abilities,” said Hansen. “He’s the heart and soul of the Oilers organization and it’s an honour to have him out on the relay with us!”
Since the Gretzky era of the mid-1980’s, Moss has been a hardworking dressing room attendant for the Oilers and an ambassador for the game of hockey and people with special needs. His level of energy and support for the team has been a mainstay in the Oilers dressing room and most notable to fans during his passionate singing of O’Canada at the beginning of every home game. The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club is proud of Joey’s accomplishments over the last three decades, both at Rexall Place and in the community.