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People Magazine highlights friendship between Wayne Gretzky and Joey Moss

Joey Moss with Wayne Gretzky and the Stanley Cup.
Joey Moss with Wayne Gretzky and the Stanley Cup. Global News

For Edmontonians, Joey Moss is a familiar face, especially around NHL and CFL games. But now, the world is getting to know the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee thanks to a People Magazine feature.

The article focuses on the decades-long friendship between Moss and hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky.

The two met when Gretzky was just 20 years old. He was dating Moss’ sister at the time.

“Pretty much from the day I met him I was conscious that I wanted to make sure he was taken care of,” Gretzky told People Magazine.

READ MORE: Edmonton legend Joey Moss turns 50 

Moss, now 55, has Down syndrome. In the 35 years they’ve known each other, he and Gretzky have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Winnifred Stewart Association, which supports adults with developmental disabilities.

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“The heart he presents is second to none,” said Vicky Andress with the WSA. “He shows people that there is a role for our individuals to be contributing members of our society and there’s a lot we can learn from folks like Joe.”

Wayne Gretzky and Joey Moss, seen here in the 1980s.
Wayne Gretzky and Joey Moss, seen here in the 1980s. Global News
Joey Moss stands in front of a photo of Wayne Gretzky and himself.
Joey Moss stands in front of a photo of Wayne Gretzky and himself. Global News
Joey Moss is intorduced during the Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup Reunion at Rexall Place on October 10, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Joey Moss is intorduced during the Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup Reunion at Rexall Place on October 10, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Derek Leung, Getty Images
Joey Moss turned 50-year-old Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
Joey Moss turned 50-year-old Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Global News
Joey Moss with Wayne Gretzky and the Stanley Cup.
Joey Moss with Wayne Gretzky and the Stanley Cup. Global News

In 1984, Moss became a locker-room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers and has been a fixture since, through four Stanley Cup championships and the more recent tough times.

“Wayne ran it by the organization and the rest is history,” said Stephen Moss, Joey’s younger brother and guardian.

In 1986, Moss also become a locker-room assistant for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Moss continues to split his time between the two teams, working with the Eskimos from the opening of training camp in June through mid-August, before heading over to the Oilers locker-room for the hockey season.

READ MORE: Joey Moss inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 

In 2015, Moss was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Moss was also recognized in 2012 with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In the People Magazine article, Moss’ brother Stephen said “Joey and Wayne” “have just always just gotten along like peas and carrots.”

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The feature hit newstands Friday.

With files from Caley Ramsay and Karen Bartko, Global News