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Video- Wayne Gretzky On Joey Moss

EDMONTON, AB - From frozen street hockey games to locker room wrestling matches, Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky reflected on the life and legacy of longtime dressing room attendant Joey Moss.

It was Gretzky who introduced Moss to the hockey club in the early 1980's after he met him when he was dating Joey's sister Vicki. Moss was working at an Edmonton bottle depot at the time and Gretzky asked Head Coach and General Manager Glen Sather if he could work for the team instead and help out around the locker room with the training staff.

Sather said yes and Moss ended up spending the final 35 years of his life with the team, remaining close friends with Gretzky right up until his passing on Monday at the age of 57.

Watch Gretzky on Joey Moss below.

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Joey And Wayne

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Born with Down syndrome, Joey Moss has been the heart of the Oilers, working as their lockerroom attendant for more than 30 years. Now 53, he has outlasted every player and coach, and has one of the most enduring and remarkable relationships with a team and city in all of sports.

There may be nobody enjoying the Oilers’ return to the playoff spotlight more.

Wayne Gretzky started this hockey love story back in 1980, when he met Joey’s sister, Vikki, and they began dating. Through her, he was introduced to Joey.

When they broke up, the Oilers’ superstar remained friends with the Moss family, and particularly, Joey.

Growing up in Ontario in the 1960s, Gretzky had an aunt with Down syndrome. At the time, children with the chromosome disorder were often placed in institutions. Gretzky’s grandmother would not hear of this, and brought his father’s sister to live with them.

“The thing about people with Down syndrome is that they have unconditional love,” says Gretzky, now a partner and chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, the NHL team’s parent company. “My aunt was the same way, and we treated her like everyone else. We never looked at her differently.

“That is how it is with Joey.”

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