Family says Howe's condition 'guarded'

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer's condition remains "guarded" but his spirits are good after a significant stroke Sunday.

The family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The stroke occurred over the weekend at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. The family says the 86-year-old Howe is showing some signs of improvement, but there is a long road to recovery ahead.

Howe's family reports that his competitive spirit remains strong.

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