Gordie Howe resting after suffering ‘bad stroke’

Gordie Howe (Paul Horton/Neue Studios/CP-HO)

Hockey legend Gordie Howe is resting at his daughter’s home in Lubbock, Texas after suffering a serious stroke over the weekend, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“Basically, sometime in the early morning on Sunday he suffered a pretty bad stroke,” Howe’s son, Murray Howe, told the Press. “The right side of his body is very, very weak. 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.”

Stephen Harper on Twitter: “Wishing my friend Gordie Howe all the best, you’re in all of our thoughts and prayers.”

“For any fans who are concerned about him, they should know that he’s very comfortable and he’s surrounded by family,” Murray Howe said. “And that is our goal, to make sure he is as happy and comfortable as can be, until the end.”

The 86-year-old has been dealing with health issues for some time and underwent outpatient surgery in August to help relieve severe pain stemming from spinal stenosis.

“He had a few moments of clarity today and it was really good to see the resilience in him. He’s a tough old bird. His spirits are high,” Howe’s daughter Cathy told ESPN. “I watched him play hockey a lot of years and this is the biggest fight he’s ever had. He’s working hard to get through of it and I’m proud of him.” “He’s working hard to get through it and I’m proud of him.”

Craig Custance on Twitter: “Cathy said Gordie’s “wicked sense of humor” still in place. They were struggling to get him in bed, looked up & he was laughing.”

Howe played 25 seasons with the Red Wings and one with the Hartford Whalers in an NHL career that spanned five decades. The Floral, Sask., native ranks second in NHL history in goals and third in points. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

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