The Washington Times - November 27, 2012, 05:05PM

Jason Chimera was able to find employment during the NHL lockout in the Czech Republic. But this week The Washington Capitals forward decided to return home to the United States after five games with HC Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga.

Chimera had trouble coping with playing while his family was back home in the U.S. TV NOVA Sport in the Czech Republic was first to report Chimera returning. His agent, Allan Walsh, confirmed that.


Chomutov manager Leo Gudas told TV NOVA Sport: “He wasn’t able to live here separated from family, especially his children.”

Chimera said before the lockout began that it would take a lot for him to go overseas. That’s why it was a bit surprising when he signed to play in the Czech Republic.

Chimera, 33, played in the Italian league during the 2004-05 lockout. That was before he and his wife had children.