Mark Howe, a son of the 86-year-old hockey legend, told the Free Press that he and his brothers, Murray and Marty, were travelling to Lubbock, Texas, to be with their father, who has been staying there with his daughter Cathy since the summer.
Howe, who suffers from dementia, had what his children called a serious stroke in late October and another in early November.
He has lived with his children since the death of his wife, Colleen, in 2009.
Known as Mr. Hockey, Howe was the NHL's Most Valuable Player six times. He played on four Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit during a 25-year stint that began in 1946. The league scoring records he set stood until Wayne Gretzky broke them.