Gordie Howe showing signs of improvement, son says

Gregg Krupa, The Detroit News

Detroit — Red Wings' great Gordie Howe, stricken with a serious stroke and a minor one in the past six weeks is improving under the care of his family in Texas, according to his son Mark.

"Both of my brothers have been down in Texas for a couple of weeks, now, and I'm getting some positive feedback," said Howe, the Red Wings' chief pro scout, who like his father played for the Wings and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"He had his stroke, and he was showing signs of getting better for a couple of weeks. And then, he's been going downhill for about a month."

Howe suffered a setback recently, but it was diagnosed as dehydration, and he was released from a hospital after what turned out to be a brief stay.

"Since we got him out of the hospital and got him back home, he's been eating better and drinking better," his son said. "He's been wanting to do his therapy and stuff, again

"So, I'm getting a lot of positive signs, and that's music to my ears, and I'm excited about it."

Well-wishes from around the hockey world have poured in since the news of Howe's illness emerged.

"It was a really tough month on all of us," Mark Howe said. "I know dad's still got a lot of fight in him, and some things have gone in a positive direction."