The Saskatoon Health Region says the condition of a Kootenay Ice hockey player in a Saskatoon hospital "remains critical but stable and improving."

Tim Bozon, 19, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital on March 1 with Neisseria Meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of tissue around the brain and spine and severe cases can be fatal.

The health region said the Montreal Canadiens prospect has been in a coma but doctors are now working to slowly wake him. The WHL player's family said he's responded to verbal stimuli. 

Bozon in city to take on Blades

Bozon was in Saskatoon with the Ice to take on the Saskatoon Blades. He scored a goal on February 28 on the way to a 4-2 win. He was admitted to hospital the next day.

The WHL and health officials in Saskatchewan and B.C. have been in contact since with other teams and on-ice officials who may have had contact with Bozon and provided advice on appropriate protocols to follow. The president of the Blades said his players were taking antibiotics as a precaution.