Over the years, Mark Howe has lost track of how many fishing trips he's taken with his dad.
Excursions along the Jersey Shore, in northern Michigan and charter adventures throughout the Western Hemisphere have resulted in numerous trophy catches.
But that was before Gordie Howe suffered a major stroke last October, leaving him unable to walk let alone cast a line.
Since then, Mr. Hockey underwent controversial stem-cell treatments in Mexico setting him on a miraculous road to recovery. Gordie is doing so much better now that last week Mark and his brother, Murray, took their dad fishing for catfish on a Texas ranch.
"We spent a couple hours fishing and driving around the ranch looking for wild boar and some turkeys, just to do some sight-seeing for dad," said Mark, the director of pro scouting for the Red Wings. "Dad enjoyed his time. It's not just laying around and doing nothing. He can experience the fun things that he's done his whole life – obviously to a different extent – but there is some quality to his life now.
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