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Howe ‘showing some signs of improvement’ after ‘significant stroke’

Antti Niemi

Hockey great Gordie Howe watches the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks play during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Via the Detroit Red Wings, a statement from Gordie Howe’s family:

The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morning while at his daughter’s home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded, although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad’s spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.

Howe is 86 years old and was battling health issues before suffering the stroke.