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Montreal’s Bozon to resume playing after meningitis scare

Kootenay Ice v Kelowna Rockets

KELOWNA, CANADA - DECEMBER 7: Tim Bozon #20 of the Kootenay Ice skates against the Kelowna Rockets on December 7, 2013 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Marissa Baecker

Another chapter in Tim Bozon’s remarkable recovery story will be written later this month.

On July 31, Bozon -- who in March was placed in a medically-induced coma while battling Neisseria Meningitis -- will suit up for France at an Under-23 tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic, per

Bozon has French heritage from his father, ex-NHLer Philippe, and represented France’s senior national team at the 2013 World Hockey Championships.

The return to game action is a welcome development given how much Bozon’s health deteriorated while battling meningitis. He lost a significant amount of weight and his voice was noticeably raspy after he’d been awoken from his coma, but it hasn’t taken him long to regain strength -- roughly two months after being discharged from Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Bozon posted pictures of himself skating for the first time since being released from medical care.

A talented, high-scoring winger -- he had 62 points in 50 games for WHL Kootenay last year -- Bozon was Montreal’s third-round pick (64th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.