Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is in critical condition after being diagnosed with Neisseria meningitidis, according to his junior team.
Bozon, currently playing with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League, was admitted to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on March 1.
The virus can cause a mild sore throat but may transform to meningitis and septicemia in its most severe cases, according to Canada's Public Health Agency.
His parents flew in Sunday from Switzerland and have been by his side, requesting privacy. His father Phillipe appeared in parts of four seasons with the St. Louis Blues in the early 1990s.
They thanked fans concerned about his condition through his Twitter account.
Our Timmy is keeping fighting but...thank you so much for your wonderful wishes.helene and Phil Bozon— tim bozon (@timbozon94) March 4, 2014
Thank you so so much to@WHLKootenayICE and@bladeshockey for the help provide us during our stay by Timmy's side.— tim bozon (@timbozon94) March 4, 2014
The Canadiens drafted Bozon in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NHL draft.
The Ice acquired the 19-year-old left winger along with defenceman Landon Cross from the Kamloops Blazers for forward Collin Shirley, defenceman Matt Thomas, and three bantam draft picks on Oct. 22, 2013.
In 63 games this season, Bozon has netted 33 goals and 69 points between the Ice and Blazers.