Meningitis is an inflammation of tissue surrounding the brain spine and in severe cases has been known to be fatal.
A statement by the Saskatoon Health Region says doctors are slowly trying to wake Tim Bozon from a medically induced coma and his family says he is now responding to verbal stimuli.
The 19-year-old Bozon was in Saskatoon with the Ice to take on the Saskatoon Blades in a regular junior WHL game. He scored a goal on February 28 on the way to a 4-2 win. He was admitted to hospital the next day.
The Canadiens selected Bozon in third round of the 2012 NHL entry draft when he was playing for the Kamloops Blazers. He was traded to Kootenay last fall.
His parents, Philippe and Helene, say they have been overwhelmed by email and social media messages of support from people around the world.
“The family is very appreciative and will respond sometime in the near future,” said the statement released Thursday. “The family also wants to express thanks to the doctors and staff at Royal University Hospital for the care Tim has received.”
The Western Hockey League has established a trust fund to assist the Bozon family with medical and rehabilitation costs not covered by insurance. Details are to be released later this week.