Eleven months ago, the hockey world worried about the health of one of its all-time favorites, “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe. The Detroit Red Wings legend and Hockey Hall of Famer had suffered what was termed as a significant stroke late last October.

In the weeks and months following the stroke, Howe’s family did their best to keep the public up to date on the legendary player’s recovery.

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Fast forward to Wednesday night in Detroit as the Red Wings took on the Chicago Blackhawks in a preseason game at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 4-1. 

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[CATCH THE FULL STORY ON CBSSPORTS.COM]The crowd was sparse, as you’d expect in preseason, but the building probably felt a little fuller than normal with Mr. Hockey back in it.


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