Tim Bozon

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Tim Bozon
Born (1994-03-24) March 24, 1994 (age 28)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NL team
Former teams
Lausanne HC
Hamilton Bulldogs
St. John's IceCaps
Springfield Thunderbirds
EHC Kloten
Genève-Servette HC
National teamFlag of France.svg  France
NHL Draft 64th overall, 2012
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2015present

Timothé "Tim" Phillipe Bozon (born March 24, 1994) is an American-born French ice hockey left winger who is currently playing with Lausanne HC of the National League (NL).


Bozon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father, Philippe Bozon, played hockey for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL), but was raised in France, where his father is from. Bozon then moved to Switzerland to further his career, before moving again to Canada after the Kamloops Blazers selected him in the 2011 CHL Import Draft. At the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Bozon was selected 64th overall by the Canadiens. During his third season with the Blazers Bozon was traded to the Kootenay Ice. Internationally Bozon has played for the French national junior team in several tournaments and joined the French national senior team in the 2013 IIHF World Championships. Bozon contracted a life-threatening meningococcal infection in early 2014, though he ultimately recovered.

Playing career


Bozon grew up in Germany and Switzerland while his father played hockey in those countries, and began to play hockey in Mannheim, Germany while his father was a member of Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. [1] When Philippe moved to Switzerland, Bozon followed, and was a player for the junior clubs of Genève-Servette HC, the Kloten Flyers and HC Lugano. At age 15 Bozon decided he wanted to follow the path of Nino Niederreiter, a fellow Swiss junior player who had just moved to North America at age 17 and joined a team in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) to further his career. Bozon wanted to eventually play in the National Hockey League and realized there were more scouts following teams in the CHL, which oversees three major junior hockey leagues in Canada and the United States. [2] He had preferred to play for a team in the Ontario Hockey League, but was instead selected by the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, twenty-seventh overall at the 2011 CHL Import Draft. [3] He joined the Blazers for the 2011–12 season and played 71 games for them, recording 36 goals and 35 assists for 71 points. His goal total was the most among all WHL rookies, his points second among rookies and third overall on the Blazers. [4] Bozon was recognised for his efforts by being named the WHL's Western Conference nominee for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as WHL rookie-of-the-year. [5] He also was a co-recipient of the Blazers rookie-of-the-year award, sharing it with goaltender Cole Cheveldave. [6]

Midway through the season Bozon was ranked 39th overall amongst North American-based skaters for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. [7] When the final rankings for the draft were released at the conclusion of the season, Bozon was listed 42nd overall for North American skaters. [4] At the draft he was selected in the third round, 64th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens. Bozon was excited to be selected by the Canadiens, who are the only NHL team based in a predominantly French-speaking city. [8]

Bozon recorded 36 goals and 91 points in 69 games during the 2012–13 season, finishing second on the Blazers in scoring and tied for eighth overall in the WHL. [9] [10] In the playoffs Bozon scored six points in eight games; a fractured wrist kept him out of most of the Blazers' playoff games. [11]

On May 30, 2013, Bozon signed a three-year entry level contract with the Canadiens. [12] He was returned by the Canadiens to the Blazers for a third year with the team prior to the start of the 2013–14 season. After starting the season with the Blazers, where he was fifth in team scoring with seven points in thirteen games, Bozon was traded to the Kootenay Ice on October 22, 2013. The Blazers, who also sent defenceman Landon Cross, received Colin Shirley, Matt Thomas, and three draft picks in return. [13]

Bozon's season was ended prematurely due to a diagnosis of Neisseria meningitidis on March 1, 2014; at that point he had recorded 62 points in 50 games for Kooteney. [14] His illness caused him to lose 40 pounds (18 kg); he had difficulty speaking and had to re-learn how to walk. As he recovered, he resumed skating in June 2014 and by September, he attended the Canadiens' rookie camp. [15] Bozon participated in the Canadiens main training camp, and later played three exhibition games with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs; however it was decided that in consideration of the time missed due to his illness, it would be best for Bozon's development for him to play a final major junior season, and he was assigned to Kootenay for the 2014–15 season, where he appeared in 57 games and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 63 points. [16]


After the conclusion of the WHL season Bozon was assigned to the Bulldogs and made his professional debut, appearing in one game for the team. [17] For the 2015–16 season he was assigned to the St. John's IceCaps, as the Canadiens relocated the Bulldogs to St. John's, Newfoundland. [18] He split the season with both St. John's, where he played 41 games and had 8 points, and the Canadiens' ECHL affiliate, the Brampton Beast, where he had 9 points in 15 games. [19]

On October 6, 2016, prior to the 2016–17 season, Bozon was traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jonathan Racine. [19] He was immediately assigned to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the AHL for their inaugural season, and spent the season between them and the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL, scoring 15 points in 43 games for Springfield, and another 6 points in 14 games for the Monarchs. [20] At the end of the season, and with his NHL contract over, Bozon signed a contract with Kloten to return to Switzerland for the following season. Because he played junior in the Swiss system, Bozon would not count against the team's import limit, despite being French. [21] At the end of his first season with Kloten, the team got relegated to the Swiss League and Bozon was immediately released. Bozon tallied 12 points in 44 games and posted a poor -13 rating. On July 17, 2018, Bozon followed in his dad's footsteps by joining Genève-Servette HC on a one-year deal. On February 7, 2019, Bozon was signed to a two-year contract extension by Geneva through the 2020/21 season. On November 30, 2019, Bozon cross-checked Mark Arcobello from behind who fell head first into the boards. The action resulted in a game misconduct for Bozon as well as a 4-game suspension with a CHF 6,400 fine.

On September 14, 2020, Bozon was traded, along with Petr Cajka, to Lausanne HC in exchange for Joel Vermin. [22]

International play

Born in the United States and raised in Switzerland by French parents, Bozon possesses American and French citizenship. However he chose to play internationally for the French national team, as both his father and grandfather did. [8] As Bozon said regarding his choice, "All of my family are French, and my grandfather and father played for France's national team. It's why I play too." [23] At the 2011 IIHF World U18 Division I Championship, he helped France to a third-place finish, the first time the French under-18 team had ever won a medal in an IIHF tournament. [23] His six points in five games were tied for eleventh overall in tournament scoring and tied for the lead on the French team. [24] Bozon declined to participate in the 2012 World Junior Division IB Championships because he wanted to stay in North America and help the Blazers. [25]

Bozon made his debut for the French national senior team at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. [10] His first game came against Slovakia and he recorded an assist. [26] He played in five of France's seven games during the tournament and finished with the one assist. [27]

Bozon was named to the French national team coached by his dad for the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. France lost all its 7 games and got relegated to Division IA.

Personal life

Bozon was born in St. Louis, Missouri because his father, Philippe Bozon, was playing hockey with the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Philippe was the first French-born and -raised player in the NHL, and spent parts of four seasons with the Blues from 1991 until 1994. Philippe returned to Europe in 1994 and played for teams in France, Germany and Switzerland. [28] He participated in four Olympics for France and became a coach after his playing career ended; in recognition of his international play, he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2008. [29]

Bozon was raised in Lugano, Switzerland, along with his older sister Allison (born 1992) and younger brother Kevin (born 1995). [29] His mother, Hélène Barbier, was an alpine skier. [30] Bozon's grandfather, Alain Bozon, also played hockey, and captained the French national team in the 1960s and was inducted into the French Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. [2] Aside from English, Bozon speaks French, Italian and German. [29]

On March 1, 2014, the day after a game against the Saskatoon Blades, Bozon was admitted to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitidis. [31] He spent four weeks in hospital, some of it in a medically induced coma, before being released on March 28, 2014. [32]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2007–08 Genève-Servette U15 Swiss U153130245424
2007–08Genève-Servette U17Swiss U1744260
2008–09Genève-Servette U15Swiss U15121552024
2008–09Genève-Servette U17Swiss U17291582318
2009–10 Kloten Flyers Swiss U1730262955221024610
2009–10Kloten FlyersElte Jr. A32024
2010–11Kloten FlyersElite Jr. A31010
2010–11 Lugano U17 Swiss U178891718521322
2010–11HC Lugano U20Elite Jr. A271613292431120
2011–12 Kamloops Blazers WHL 71363571401150511
2012–13 Kamloops BlazersWHL6936559158842610
2013–14 Kamloops BlazersWHL1334713
2013–14 Kootenay Ice WHL503032623473696
2014–15 Kootenay IceWHL5735286319
2014–15 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 10000
2015–16 St. John's IceCaps AHL4153814
2015–16 Brampton Beast ECHL 153692
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL43871524
2016–17 Manchester Monarchs ECHL143360
2017–18 EHC Kloten NL 44751241
2018–19 Genève-Servette NL42410141061122
2019–20 Genève-ServetteNL42771431
2020–21 Lausanne HC NL471051524300027
2021–22 Lausanne HCNL50611171471234
AHL totals8513102338
NL totals2253438721201623533


2010 France U18 DI 50110
2011 FranceU18 DI53362
2013 France WC 50110
2016 FranceWC60002
2019 FranceWC70442
2021 France OGQ 30220
Junior totals103472
Senior totals210774

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