Tim Bozon figures he’s worked harder this summer than any other.

“I had to. I had to do two times more than normal,” the 20-year-old Canadiens prospect said this week from his family’s home near Cannes in the south of France.

This hasn’t been a regular spring or summer for Bozon, whose season with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice ended abruptly on March 1.

An ambulance took Bozon to a hospital in Saskatoon, where he was diagnosed with meningitis and placed in a medically induced coma. Critically ill, Bozon pulled through and was finally discharged four weeks later.

When he returned to France last spring, Bozon spent three weeks at a rehab centre, relearning things and also working on his speech because he had difficulty pronouncing words properly.

He has also trained on the ice with his father, Philippe, a former pro hockey player. Just over two weeks ago, Bozon played his first hockey game since falling ill.

“I didn’t see the time go by with all that I did every day,” Bozon said of the summer that has flown by.

“I live near the beach and I didn’t go once. So it’s a lot of sacrifices like that. But that’s what had to be done if I wanted to continue to hope and live my dream.”

Bozon, who was selected by Montreal in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 National Hockey League entry draft, received an invitation this week to the Canadiens’ rookie camp next month and is confident he’ll be there.

He said he feels 100 per cent. And from a high-level sports perspective Bozon said he believes he’s close to that target. “But I still have a bit of time to train.”

The nightmare for Bozon and his family began after his team played the Saskatoon Blades on Feb. 28. He had a nose bleed during warm-up, which was unusual, but said he played a good game and scored a goal.