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Gordie Howe's Son Says 'Things Are Not Going Well' for Hockey Legend

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 03:25 PM

Gordie Howe, known affectionately as "Mr. Hockey" for his legendary years with the Detroit Red Wings, is in poor health after having another stroke, his children told the Detroit Free Press this week.

The hockey legend, 86, has been struggling with dementia for years, and since summer has suffered from several strokes, the newspaper said, but in the past 10 days, his children say his health has worsened.

"Things are not going well for Dad this past week to 10 days. It's not good at all," Mark Howe told the Free Press. "They've had him pretty heavily medicated the last few days, to help with Dad's back pain and blood pressure. We're trying to get another epidural to see if that will help with his back pain. He had been bed-ridden for three days now. But he's so heavily sedated, we're just trying to do the best we can. But he's having a really hard time. It's really hard to watch him, because he's been in a lot of pain. Right now, he's suffering pretty bad."

The family also released a statement on Howe's website
, saying a stroke Howe suffered on Sunday morning was "significant." He is staying at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas.

"His condition remains guarded although he is showing some signs of improvement," the statement said. "We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong."

Howe is widely considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

"I pick Gordie as my #1 all-time player. He played the longest. He was the toughest player of his era. He was the best offensive player and defensively he was used in all situations. He could play center, right wing, and defense. He could shoot right and he could shoot left," coach Scotty Bowman wrote on Howe's website. "If you could make a mold for a hockey player it would be him. I never thought there was another player close to him."


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Gordie Howe, known affectionately as "Mr. Hockey" for his legendary years with the Detroit Red Wings, is in poor health after having another stroke, his children told the Detroit Free Press this week.
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