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Habs prospect Bozon released from hospital

Mar 28, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

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Tim Bozon, the Montreal prospect that had been placed in a medically-induced coma while suffering from meningitis, was released from Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital on Friday.

“I’m feeling a lot better now … I’m excited to leave the hospital,” Bozon said Friday, per The Province. “From what I have learned since coming out of the coma, the people here at the Royal University Hospital went to amazing lengths to save my life. To them, first and foremost, my heartfelt thanks.

“But I must also extend gratitude to everyone who sent me their thoughts and prayers, especially my parents, who rushed here from France to be by my side.”

Bozon’s father, Philippe, is a former NHL player that spent four seasons with St. Louis in the early ’90s. He said his son’s recovery was “amazing” considering Tim spent most of the past month in intensive care, including several days in the aforementioned coma, designed to reduce swelling around his brain.

As for the future, Dr. Gary Hunter said he has high hopes for Bozon — the 64th overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — resuming his playing career.

“Bacterial meningitis in young people that are young and healthy is uncommon, in the first place, this particular bug is even more uncommon. We don’t have a good reason for why he contracted it besides bad luck, really,” he explained, per Yahoo.

“It’s very difficult to speculate exactly on his long-term neurological prognosis but his early progress has been so tremendous and he’s such a healthy guy that I’m very optimistic about that [playing hockey again].”

  1. jaguar0413 - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    This was a scary story. Glad to see that this kid seems okay. I hope he has the chance to continue his career successfully.

  2. bruinsfan55 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Glad to see he’s doing better and out of the hospital.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Great news!! Glad he is out of the hospital.

  4. hockeyornothing - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Fantastic news. Thank God for modern medicine and it’s providers.

  5. terrier92 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Best news I’ve heard today. Hope he can continue to pursue his dream . Best of luck kid

  6. bluesdroogie - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Glad to hear Tim is on the road to recovery, good luck the rest of the way to resuming your life with day to day activities. Best of luck towards resuming your hockey career. To his parents, the blues family has been with you the entire time hoping a complete recovery for Tim. Once a player, forever a part of the family!!!!!!!!!!!!

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