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Gordie Howe's health continues to improve: report @NHL

Gordie Howe has gone from a wheelchair to pushing a shopping cart as part of his ongoing recovery from stroke-related health issues, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday.

Son Mark Howe told the Free Press that his father "is doing very well, overall."

Gordie Howe's condition has continued to improve since he received stem cell treatment in December. He has had a series of strokes since the summer, including a serious one in October. Howe was rushed to the hospital with what was believed to be another serious stroke Dec. 1, but he was diagnosed with dehydration.

Mark Howe told the Free Press that Gordie Howe's mobility was limited to shuffling his feet forward while sitting in a wheelchair, but he's now able to kick a small ball around outside and was pushing a cart at a grocery store. Howe, whose 87th birthday is March 31, has gone to the mall within the past few days.

Howe played 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and led them to four Stanley Cup championships. He scored 801 goals and 1,850 points in 1,767 regular-season games covering 26 NHL seasons, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

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