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Canadiens prospect Bozon in critical condition

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 5:51 PM / News

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Canadiens prospect Bozon in critical condition
Montreal Canadiens forward prospect Tim Bozon, 19, has a form of acute bacterial meningitis.

Montreal Canadiens forward prospect Tim Bozon, 19, was placed in an induced coma Thursday with a form of acute bacterial meningitis, the Toronto Sun reported Saturday.

Bozon, who plays in the Western Hockey League with the Kootenay Ice, was admitted to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan last Saturday, a day after he scored a goal in 4-2 victory against the Saskatoon Blades.

Bozon, a third-round pick (No. 64) of the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft, wasn't feeling well and was diagnosed with neisseria meningitis. The WHL said public health officials were trying to ensure that anyone who made contact with the team and player was receiving proper medical treatment.

Bozon's parents, Philippe and Helene Bozon, traveled from their home in Switzerland to be with their son. Tim Bozon was born in St. Louis during the time his father played for the St. Louis Blues.

Health officials confirmed Wednesday that players from teams in the WHL where there was potential contact have been offered an antibiotic. Saskatoon Blades president Steve Hogle said all his players and team personnel were administered antibiotics as a precaution.

"We're following the lead and the recommendations of the local health authorities and the Western Hockey League," Hogle told CBC News on Wednesday. "We've done everything that they have asked.

"We're doing everything in our power to support the family and to make it as easy as possible while they're here."

Bozon started the season with the Kamloops Blazers but was traded to Kootenay on Oct. 22. In 63 games this season, he has 33 goals and 36 assists.

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