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Howe recovering at 'remarkable rate'

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer who had a stroke last month has been "recovering at a remarkable rate" over the past week.

The family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. The family cited improvements in Howe's speech and his ability to walk with the assistance of a walker, and thanked "friends and fans worldwide for their prayers and incredible outpouring of support."

The 86-year-old Howe suffered a significant stroke on Oct. 26 in Texas, where his daughter lives.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points -- mostly with the Red Wings -- that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.


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