Oilers honor longtime equipment manager Moss before opener

 nhl.com  01/14/2021 06:29:04 

Joey Moss loved singing the national anthem, so it made perfect sense that the Edmonton Oilers would celebrate Moss during "O Canada" on Wednesday.

The Oilers honored their longtime assistant equipment manager, who died Oct. 26, 2020, ahead of their season opener against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Oilers have been celebrating Moss, who had Down syndrome and worked with the team starting in 1984 until he passed away in the fall at 57. The Oilers recognized Moss and former coach John Muckler, who died earlier this month, with an obituary and a moment of silence.

They capped the touching ceremony by airing images of Moss' life with the Oilers as Robert Clark sang "O Canada."

Each Oilers player also sported the name "Moss" on the back of his jersey during warmups ahead of their first game at Rogers Place to honor him. Oilers goalie Mike Smith also unveiled a mask with his name "Joey" on the back on Tuesday.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Honouring one of the greatest teammates you could ask for. 🧡💙 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/u554KQDInn

The Edmonton Football Team of the CFL, with whom Moss also used to work, applauded the Oilers gesture.

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