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Gordie Howe's family says Hall of Famer's condition is guarded after stroke over the weekend

  • FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, part owner of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, looks on during news conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hockey great Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in Texas. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, part owner of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, looks on during news conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hockey great Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in Texas. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012, file photo, hockey great Gordie Howe, part owner of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, looks on during a team news conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer's condition remains "guarded" but his spirits are good after a significant stoke Sunday. The family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012, file photo, hockey great Gordie Howe, part owner of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, looks on during a team news conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer's condition remains "guarded" but his spirits are good after a significant stoke Sunday. The family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)  (The Associated Press)

Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer's condition remains "guarded" but his spirits are good after a significant stoke 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.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points — mostly with the Red Wings — that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.