Habs prospect Tim Bozon released from hospital

Montreal Canadiens third round pick Tim Bozon at the CONSOL Energy Center during the 2012 NHL Draft...

Montreal Canadiens third round pick Tim Bozon at the CONSOL Energy Center during the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 23, 2012. (Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 2:59 PM ET

Tim Bozon made a giant stride toward full recovery Friday. He was discharged from a Saskatoon hospital.

Infected with meningitis, the 20-year-old Montreal Canadiens prospect was in a medically induced coma for more than three weeks. On March 1, after his Kooteney Ice played the Saskatoon Blades, Bozon was admitted to Royal University Hospital in critical condition.

"I am doing good," the Western Hockey League player said at a press conference Friday. "Obviously I have been through a lot. I feel way better now. I am excited to leave the hospital."

Doctors are still unsure how Bozon, a St. Louis native who was drafted by the Habs in the third round of the 2012 draft, acquired the inflammation.

"We are optimistic he will make a full recovery but it will take some time before that possibility could be realized," said neurologist Dr. Gary Hunter, who was asked if Bozon will ever play hockey again.

"This has been unbelievable," added Philippe Bozon, Bozon's father and a former NHLer. "It's terrible to have to see your son go through this but the outpouring of support and quality of care at the hospital has been amazing."

Bozon will drop the puck Saturday during a ceremonial faceoff prior to the Ice's playoff game against the Calgary Hitmen.


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