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

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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.