Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe is recovering at a "remarkable rate" after suffering a stroke last month, his family said in a statement on Tuesday.
Howe, 86, suffered the stroke on Oct. 26 and has been resting at his daughter's home in Texas. His family released the following statement about his progress during the past week.
"The Howe family is pleased to report that over the past week Mr. Hockey has been recovering at a remarkable rate, including his speech, and his ability to walk with the assistance of a walker. Much work lies ahead, and we would like to thank friends and fans worldwide for their prayers and incredible outpouring of support.
"Our father has been truly moved by the countless phone calls , letters, emails, posts, and the Red Wings '"Get Well" gesture during the Oct. 31 game. Mr. Hockey and the entire Howe family cannot thank you all enough."
Howe played 32 professional seasons, including 25 with the Red Wings. He is the all-time leader in regular season games played and most games played with a single team.
The 1972 inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame led the league in scoring five times.
- Paul Palladino