F Tim Bozon of the Kootenay Ice is in a Saskatoon hospital where he is being treated for meningitis.
Jeff Chynoweth, the owner, president and general manager of the Ice, has refused comment, but a source familiar with what has happened told me this morning that the situation is “very, very serious.”
Bozon, who will turn 20 on March 24, is from Lugano, Switzerland, but has played internationally for France, just like his father and grandfather.
Bozon began his WHL career with the Kamloops in Blazers in 2011-12 and was dealt to the Ice earlier this season. He scored his 36th goal of the season on Friday as the Ice beat the Blades 4-2 in Saskatoon. Bozon was scratched from a Saturday game against the Raiders in Prince Albert.
In 50 games with the Ice this season, Bozon has 62 points, including 30 goals. In 203 regular-season WHL games, he has 231 points, including 105 goals.
Bozon has signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens, who selected him in the third round of the NHL’s 2012 draft.
According to mayoclinic.org, “Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord.
“The swelling associated with meningitis often triggers the ‘hallmark’ signs and symptoms of this condition, including headache, fever and a stiff neck.
“Most cases of meningitis in the U.S. are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial and fungal infections also can lead to meningitis. Depending on the cause of the infection, meningitis can get better on its own in a couple of weeks — or it can be a life-threatening emergency requiring urgent antibiotic treatment.”
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