GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan hockey player who was hospitalized last week with a serious viral infection has now been released from the hospital.

Interim head coach Brandon Naurata made the announcement Tuesday Inside Michigan Hockey radio show that Steven Holtz is out of the hospital. Holtz reportedly visited the team during practice on Tuesday.

“Kholtsi came to the rink today, so it was great to see him and see that he’s doing better. He still has a little way to go but he was smiling and talking and it was really positive for him to be around the guys,” Naurato said.

A spokesman for the University of Michigan athletics department could not provide specific details about the illness due to privacy laws. However, a university email sent out last week mentioned the outbreak adenoviruses.

It’s not clear if the adenovirus is the cause that has hit the hockey team, but the illness has forced several players to miss games over the past three weeks. Starting goaltender Rick Portillo and freshman Adam Fantilly, who leads the team in scoring and is expected to go in the top five in the upcoming NHL draft, also missed time.

Holtz was the only one who had to be hospitalized because of the virus. His mother Silvia Jacobs-Holtz announced this last week he was placed on a ventilator while in the intensive care unit.

Holtz hasn’t played since the Wolverines’ Nov. 4-5 series at Pennsylvania. The Wolverines were ranked No. 1 in the nation before this streak before a wave of illness hit them. Michigan has gone 2-4 in its last six games playing on short notice.

“Everyone else is slowly getting there. A few guys are still coming off illness, so the numbers in practice are still a little off, but overall much, much better than last week,” Naurata said.

Wolverines #5 back to action this weekendhosting No. 9 Harvard at Yost Ice Arena.

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