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Tim Bozon assigned to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL

The French forward will be heading to the WHL for his 4th year in the league.

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have reassigned forward Tim Bozon to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.

This move was fairly predictable, given that Bozon probably wasn't going to crack the Hamilton Bulldog's top 12 forward. Bozon, who is considered an overage player, will receive much more ice time in the WHL. The other option was to send him to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

Even though the usual reaction to a 20 year-old being sent to the WHL is generally negative, this shouldn't be considered as a step backwards for Bozon. As we all know, he's still getting back into game shape, after his life-threatening battle with meningitis this summer.

Before getting ill, Bozon managed to put up 30 goals and 32 assists in 50 games with Kootenay.

Here's the press release from the Habs:

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that forward Tim Bozon has been assigned to his junior team, the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.

"Tim Bozon has come a long way. He fought a life-threatening disease with courage and determination and we are pleased with what he accomplished in the last few months. He was able to take part in the rookie camp, the Canadiens’ official camp and the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp. However, with his progression having been diminished due to illness, we feel that one of the priorities for his long term development is for him to fully regain his physical strength. We believe that joining the Kootenay Ice in the WHL is the right decision at this time as it will allow Tim to fully recover",  said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

Bozon, 20, took part in the Canadiens’ rookie camp last September, as well as the Club’s main camp. The 6’01’’ and 189 lbs forward played in his first professional game on September 26 in Quebec City. Bozon was assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs on September 28. He played in all three preseason games with the Bulldogs against the St. John’s Icecaps.

In 63 games with Kamloops and Kootenay in the WHL in 2013-14, Bozon collected 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists).
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Bozon was selected in the third round, 64th overall by the Canadiens at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Also of note; Gabriel Dumont was named captain of the Hamilton Bulldogs.