Capitals forward Jason Chimera will return to the United States Wednesday after a five-game stint with HC Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga, his agent Allan Walsh confirmed.

Chimera, 33, waited until November to look for work in Europe during the lockout because he didn’t want to leave his wife and two young children. He ultimately missed his family too much to continue playing overseas while they remained in Alexandria and decided to return, as was first reported by TV Nova Sport in the Czech Republic. 

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

According to the team’s website, in the event the entire 2012-13 NHL season is canceled it’s possible Chimera could return to the Czech Republic with his whole family.