Son: Hockey Great Howe Didn’t Have Major Stroke

CBS Detroit

BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — An MRI taken Tuesday night shows hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe didn’t have a large stroke this week, as the family had feared, his son said.

In a text message to The Associated Press, Mark Howe said the test showed his father didn’t have a “big stroke” on Monday. He couldn’t immediately provide other details of the MRI, including whether he’d sustained a minor stroke. He said the family planned to release a statement.

Earlier Tuesday, the hockey player’s daughter, Cathy Purnell, said her father suffered a “significant stroke” on Monday, which would have been his third since late October. Howe was stable and “a little bit alert” Tuesday morning, and doctors at a Lubbock hospital where he was taken were scheduled to do additional tests, she said.

“He’s a fighter,” Purnell said. “The man is tough. He has this will…

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