McDavid, former Oilers mourn death of locker room attendant Joey Moss

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Joey Moss never played hockey for the Edmonton Oilers, but his impact was immense among those who did.

Current and former Oilers flooded social media with memories about the longtime dressing room attendant after Moss died at 57 on Monday.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the passing of our dear friend & colleague, the legendary Joey Moss.Once an Oiler, always an Oiler.RIP, Joey. 🧡💙 pic.twitter.com/KJSkN9oO9W

Moss, who was one of 13 children and born with Down syndrome, joined the Oilers during the 1984-85 season and was with them for four Stanley Cup championships. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, and his presence profoundly impacted most every Oilers player, including The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

“We are so saddened to hear the news of Joey’s passing,” Gretzky said in a statement shared by the Oilers. “We were all lucky enough to be part of his life for a lot of years. His love for life always brought a smile to anyone who met him. Whether it was a coffee before practice or a big hug after a great win or tough loss, he would put life in perspective. He will be missed but not forgotten. Once an Oiler always an Oiler.”

Moss was renowned for his loud and proud singing of “O Canada” before each game but also for his sense of humor, upbeat attitude and strong work ethic. It rubbed off on Connor McDavid, who posted a picture of himself, Gretzky and Moss on Twitter.

Tweet from @cmcdavid97: With the greatest of all-time… and #99. Oil Country sure won���t be the same without you, Joey. Thanks for always brightening up any day and may you rest easy my friend. pic.twitter.com/p7yGRqTdbk

McDavid’s teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took to social media to express his grief over Moss’ death.

Tweet from @RNH_93: Heavy heart today. Had the pleasure of calling you my friend for nine years. Edmonton won���t be the same without you. Love ya Joey. Rest In Peace.

Buffalo Sabres forward Taylor Hall, who played his first six NHL seasons with the Oilers, also shared condolences.

Tweet from @hallsy09: Someone who could brighten your day with just a smile or a wink. May you rest in peace Joey, you will be missed by so many. pic.twitter.com/ecuxIBiWPU

Other former Oilers, like Milan Lucic, Cam Talbot, Pat MaroonRyan Strome Sam Gagner and Esa Tikkanen, also shared memories and condolences following Moss’ death.

Tweet from @27MilanLucic: RIP JoeyOne of the best people I���ve had the pleasure to be around in hockey pic.twitter.com/nNOuODLmT4

Tweet from @27MilanLucic: pic.twitter.com/ORzPBzXiqp

Tweet from @ctalbot33: There was nothing better than coming off the ice after a huge win to a Joey Moss high five on the bench. His energy and passion for the game were infectious and made you want to come to the rink everyday. He truly was a legend and will be greatly missed. #RIPJoeyMoss #Legend pic.twitter.com/CBpiuwyyCX

Tweet from @patmaroon: R.I.P Joey Moss💔 you will be missed. I���m going to miss all those laughs we shared together. I know I���ve been gone for a few years but always thought of you. Till I see you again moser💔😢 https://t.co/gwP6V5c9ku

Tweet from @strome18: Saddened to hear about the loss of Joey Moss. He made the world a better place! Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones and the City of Edmonton.

Tweet from @89SGagner: The best man I���ve ever met. I have so many great memories of our time together and I cherish every single one of them. A true legend. Rest In Peace, Joey. pic.twitter.com/mIdZUKvSdl

Tweet from @tikitalk10: A man who always gave nothing but his best effort and never complained about anything.. true Hall of Fame caliber locker room attendant, 7th man of @EdmontonOilers dynasty… and what a national anthem singer!RIP LEGEND JOEY MOSS https://t.co/iyOHcpWM8b

Moss’ impact was even felt by non-Oilers, like Max Domi and Johnny Boychuk, who also shared condolences.

Tweet from @maxdomi: When you think of the Edmonton Oilers… names like Gretzky, Messier, Coffey and McDavid come to mind. Joey Moss is right there with them. He is a Canadian legend and a true inspiration to all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest In Peace Joey. 👊🙏 pic.twitter.com/F0ASrzuvw3

Tweet from @joboych: Very sad to hear the passing of the legend Joey Moss. Condolences to his family, friends and @EdmontonOilers.

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