SASKATOON – The Prince Albert Raiders had a special delivery for Kootenay Ice player Tim Bozon, who is now in stable condition in a Saskatoon hospital recovering from meningitis.
Bruce Vance, the Raiders business manager, visited Bozon and his family at Royal University Hospital on Friday morning.
Vance had a get well poster that was signed by Raider fans at their final regular season home game on March 14.
Along with the poster, he had a cheque for $1,715 for the Tim Bozon Trust Fund to help pay for medical expenses. The money was raised at the team’s watch party on Tuesday.
The Montreal Canadiens prospect was taken to hospital on March 1 after the Ice’s game against the Saskatoon Blades, where he was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis.
His parents flew in from Switzerland the next day to be by his side.
Bozon was placed in a medically induced coma at the time. He was slowly awaked last week and earlier this week was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular ward.
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.
Meningitis, an inflammation of membranes around the brain and spinal cord, can be fatal if not treated quickly.