Edmonton Elks “honor” Joey Moss, who was “sorely missed” by the group
Edmonton legend Joey Moss will be honored with decals on their helmets of green and gold for the 2021 CFL season.
The moose have one on each helmet and it says:
“We wanted to honor him with these decals and I know that he is terribly missed by many guys in this organization and in the field. It’s unfortunate that not more people on this team know who he is, ”said head coach Jaime Elizondo.
Moss became a household name when the Edmonton Oilers and EE Football Team began working as lock keepers for both organizations from the 1980s. Players and fans alike looked at Moss for his passion, positive attitude and incredible work ethic. Through his work and social engagement in both organizations, he taught many people about acceptance and inclusion.
“There is no doubt that Joey was a special person. I haven’t had the privilege of hanging out with him, but all the stories I’ve heard about him would really touch your heart, “said Elizondo.
The moose recognized Moss by creating a new award. The Joey Moss Award is given at the end of the training camp to a player who has persevered despite the adversity and embodies Joey’s positive attitude in everything he does.
This year’s belt winner is Jonathan Rose, who was an East Division All-Star for the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016 and 2018 before undergoing spinal surgery. He was released for play in June 2020 and signed with the Elks in January 2021.
“We shared a video presentation we did for Joey with the team and I think it brought tears to a lot of people because this guy was a special guy,” said Elizondo.
“He helps us all and reminds us all of the importance of relationships, laughing, smiling, not taking things too seriously, being there for one another.”
Mass was born with Down syndrome and was an incredible role model for all Edmontonians.
He helped start the Winnifred Stewart Association’s “Empties to Winn” fundraiser, the
supports programs and initiatives for people with disabilities in the Edmonton area.
Funds from his Home Trust, which began in 1988 with the assistance of the Edmontonians
and local organizations, helped open Joey’s Home, an assisted living facility, in 2007
Housing for people with developmental disorders.
In 2018, the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society, with support from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, opened the Joey Moss Literary Center for Excellence. The center
offers workshops, an on-site library and literacy resources, reading coaches, and a speech
He also volunteered annually for the Edmonton Police Service Lifestyle Camp and attended many local charity events as a special guest and ambassador. Moss received many awards including the NHL Seventh Man All-Star Award 2003, Services for Persons with Disabilities Award 2007, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award 2012, and the Marlin Styner Award 2015. the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Hall of Fame for the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society in 2017.
Moss’ rise to fame extended beyond Edmonton when he became known in the north
American sports scene. People fondly remember seeing Moss with his hand on their television
his heart and proudly sings the Canadian national anthem in front of everyone
After Moss passed away in October 2020, the Joey Moss Memorial Fund was established.
The money raised will be used to continue his legacy in the community by promoting inclusive employment and meaningful opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to have the same opportunities as Joey, as well as increasing Joey’s Home’s capacity to provide dementia care .