Canadiens 2012 draft choice Tim Bozon was released from Saskatoon hospital Friday morning. He traveled to Cranbrook B.C. later in the day and will take part in the ceremonial puck drop before game six of the WHL playoff series between the hometown Kootnay Ice and the Calgary Hitmen.
After his bout with life-threatening bacterial meningitis, Bozon’s season is obviously over. After collecting his belongings in Cranbrook he will come to Montreal to speak with Canadiens team doctors, general manager Marc Bergevin and the player development department and receive some dental surgery. After that, he will head home to his native France where he will continue re-habilitation at a clinic in the town of Capbreton in the southwestern part of the country.
He told reporters as he was leaving the hospital, “I’m doing good. I’ve been through a lot and I feel way better now.”
Saskatoon hospital neurologist Gary Hunter was with Bozon throughout the ordeal. He ordered the medically induced coma that was critical to his recovery. “His progress has been really amazing, so I think his prognosis is very good,” he said. “He’s a tough guy and he’s very motivated so I think he’s going to do very well.” As to resuming his hockey career Hunter said, “It’s very difficult to speculate on his long term neurologic prognosis.” Specifically, Bozon suffered from Neisseria meningitis, an inflammation ot tissue around the brain and spine that, in severe cases can be fatal.
In his brief statement to the media, Bozon said, “From what I have learned since coming out the coma, the people here at the Royal University Hospital wen 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.”