It hasn’t exactly been the best of weeks and news from The Detroit News isn’t making it any better. Gordie Howe has suffered a serious stroke on Saturday, the report says, and he’s resting at his daughter’s home in Texas.
The 86-year-old Howe is having trouble speaking and has lost function on one side of his body.
Gordie’s son, Dr. Murray Howe, has been looking after things.
“The right side of his body is very, very weak,” said Dr. Howe. “He’s unable to stand without help. He’s able to speak, but very, very difficult to speak. He knows who he is. He knows the people around him. But it is very difficult for him to get up and walk around. So he is pretty much confined to his bed right now. So we’re just trying to keep him comfortable, and that’s our goal.”
Howe suffered the stroke in Texas, in Lubbock to be exact, and his daughter Cathy says they’re taking things day by day.
“We’ll just see what each day brings,” she said. “He’s tough. He’s not giving up.”
Cathy says that her father’s been able to recognize people and things from pictures of his family and his playing days, so that’s certainly a good sign.
Earlier this year, Howe underwent spinal surgery. He was apparently in good health before the stroke, however, and had been walking up to a mile a day.
Gordie Howe is Mr. Hockey and is obviously one of the greatest players of all time. He is the only player to have skated in the National Hockey League in five decades and is a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings.
Howe played in 1,767 regular season games in his career, with 1,687 with the Red Wings. In that time span, he scored 801 goals and added 1049 assists. He also spent time in the WHA with the Houston Aeros, putting up 508 points in 419 games.
Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the Howe family at this time.