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Canadiens assign Bozon to AHL team after meningitis

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Montreal Canadiens forward prospect Tim Bozon took another step in his recovery from a severe form of meningitis Wednesday when he was assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Bozon, 21, was admitted to the intensive care unit at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with Neisseria meningitidis on March 1, 2014, the morning after scoring a goal for the Kootenay Ice in a 4-2 victory against the Saskatoon Blades.

When Bozon's parents joined their son at the hospital after arriving from their home in Cureglia, Switzerland, he was in a medically induced coma.

The acute bacterial meningitis caused him to lose 40 pounds and left him with difficulty speaking and walking. After being discharged March 28, 2014, Bozon worked with the Canadiens training staff and began skating again early last June. He played one preseason game with Montreal and three with Hamilton in September 2014 before being sent back to junior.

Bozon was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (No. 64) of the 2012 NHL Draft and was signed to an entry-level contract by Montreal on May 30, 2013.

Bozon had 35 goals and 63 points in 57 regular-season games with Kootenay this season. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound forward had three goals and nine points in seven Western Hockey League playoff games before Kootenay was eliminated in seven games by the Calgary Hitmen in the conference quarterfinals.

In 260 WHL regular-season games with the Ice and Kamloops Blazers, the native of St. Louis, Mo., had 140 goals and 294 points.

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