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Family: Hockey Legend Howe's Condition Much Better

December 18, 2014

Family members of hockey legend Gordie Howe say he is showing remarkable improvement after suffering a series of strokes in recent weeks. Howe had been in such rough physical shape following the strokes that family members reportedly said they were not sure if he would make it through the Christmas holiday season. Now, however, his son Mark Howe says after being confined in bed for six weeks the family patriarch is walking and feeding himself on his own – something his son says would have been unthinkable only a week ago. The family hopes Howe will be able to attend a celebration honoring him in his Canadian hometown of Saskatoon.
Howe is known universally as Mister Hockey for his contributions to the sport. In more than 30 years as a professional Howe won four Stanley Cup championships, was named Most Valuable Player half-a-dozen times and finished among the top 10 scorers in the NHL for 21 consecutive seasons.