03/28/2014 07:30 EDT | Updated 05/28/2014 05:59 EDT

Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon excited to check out of hospital

Kootenay Ice forward Tim Bozon told media this morning that he's excited to leave the hospital. 

The 19-year-old Montreal Canadiens prospect was hospitalized at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital March 1st after he was diagnosed with meningitis, a potentially fatal inflammation of tissue around the brain and spine.

Tim and his father, Phil, talked with media at the hospital this morning. 

"We are so proud of you," Phil told Tim.

He thanked his son for fighting the illness. He also thanked the people of Saskatoon for their support and he applauded the Ice's quick-thinking trainer for reacting quickly, which he credited to helping save his son's life. 

The young player is seen as a rising star in the hockey world, and is a prospect with the Montreal Canadiens. Tim's agent said this morning that it's too early to think about his hockey career, but said his gut feeling is that he'll play in the NHL one day. 


Doctors placed the hockey player in a coma and doctors worked to wake him up slowly. Last week, a statement from the Saskatoon Health Region noted Bozon was awake and moving around in his bed. He was also trying to speak and feed himself.

Bozon's family flew from Switzerland to be with him in Saskatoon, where the Ice were in town to take on the Saskatoon Blades.

The WHL has set up a trust fund to help pay for Bozon's medical bills.

More to come.