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Director of marketing and business manager for the Prince Albert Raiders, Bruce Vance, stops in at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on Friday to present a cheque and banner to Tim Bozun and his parents Philippe and Helene. Bozun is recovering from meningitis and was just brought out of a coma on Wednesday.
The generosity of the Prince Albert Raider fans was in full bloom on Friday when business manager Bruce Vance presented a cheque for $1715 to Tim Bozon on a visit to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.
The money was collected from the fans who attended the Ches Leach Lounge on Tuesday to watch the Raiders beat the Red Deer Rebels in a one-game tie-breaker to grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference.
In addition to the cheque, Vance also brought along a banner that was signed by fans who attended the Raiders' final home game on Mar. 14.
Bozon, a star forward with the Kootenay Ice, has been in the hospital since Mar. 1 after coming down with meningitis. The third-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens was in an induced coma for a couple of weeks and was just brought out of it on Wednesday.
Bozon's parents Philippe and Helene have been by his bedside since he became ill and the money raised by the Raiders and their fans will help with medical and rehabilitation costs. A trust fund has been set up by the WHL and anyone wanting to contribute to it can do so by stopping in at a BMO branch anywhere in Western Canada.
Bozon's Kootenay Ice have grabbed a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven quarter-final with the Calgary Hitmen while the Raiders open their series today in Edmonton against the Oil Kings.
Word out of the league office on Friday indicated that should the Raiders and Oil Kings require overtime in today's game the contest could be decided by a shootout as NHL rules state that arenas must be vacant three hours before a NHL game. The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames face-off tonight at 8 p.m. meaning Rexall Place will have to be empty by 5 p.m.
Game time today is 1:30 p.m. with action being provided by Drew Wilson on 900 CKBI Radio