SASKATOON – There is good news on the condition of Kootenay Ice player and Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon.
The Saskatoon Health Region says Bozon’s condition is improving as he recovers from meningitis.
Bozon is now listed in stable condition and was moved out of the intensive care unit at Royal University Hospital over the weekend.
His parents say Bozon is awake, moving around in his bed, and trying to feed himself and speak.
Bozon was taken to hospital on March 1 following the Ice’s game against the Saskatoon Blades.
He was placed into a medically induced coma at the time and was slowly awaken last week.
Meningitis, an inflammation of membranes around the brain and spinal cord, can be fatal if not treated quickly. Symptoms include headache and neck stiffness, confusion, vomiting and an inability to tolerate light or loud noises.
His family has been overwhelmed with the generosity of people in the community who have offered them restaurant vouchers, bedding and blankets and fruit baskets.
They are still requesting privacy and thank everyone for their kindness and support.
The WHL has set up a trust fund to assist Bozon and his family with his medical and rehabilitation costs.
Donations can be made to the Tim Bozon Trust at any BMO branch in Western Canada. People in other parts of Canada can send a donation to the Tim Bozon Trust c/o Western Hockey League, 2424 University Drive NW, Calgary AB, T2N 3Y9.
Bozon was selected in the third round, 64 overall, by Montreal in the 2012 NHL draft and had 30 goals and 32 assists in 50 games with the Ice this season.