11/04/2014 09:59 EST | Updated 01/04/2015 05:59 EST

Gordie Howe recovering from stroke at a "remarkable rate," says family

TORONTO - Gordie Howe's family says the Hall of Famer is recovering from the stroke he suffered last month quicker than expected.

Howe's family said in a statement Tuesday that there is still a long way to go.

"The Howe family is pleased to report that over the past week Mr. Hockey has been recovering at a remarkable rate, including his speech, and his ability to walk with the assistance of a walker. Much work lies ahead, and we would like to thank friends and fans worldwide for their prayers and incredible outpouring of support.

"Our father has been truly moved by the countless phone calls , letters, emails, posts, and the Red Wings "Get Well" gesture during the Oct. 31 game. Mr. Hockey and the entire Howe family cannot thank you all enough."

Howe has been resting at his daughter Cathy's home in Lubbock, Tex. since suffering the stroke Oct. 26. The former Red Wing great is 86 and also suffers from a form of dementia.