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Jason Chimera leaves his Czech Republic team

Michael Del Zotto, Jason Chimera

Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) skates away as New York Rangers players celebrate a goal by Michael Del Zotto (4) in the third period of Game 7 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, May 12, 2012. The Rangers won 2-1 to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Players landing lockout deals can sometimes come with consequences. For players out of North America, that means they likely have to leave their families behind. For Washington’s Jason Chimera, doing that proved to be difficult.

Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times reports Chimera left Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga to return home after playing five games there. From Whyno’s report:

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

Finding a new job abroad while locked out is made a bit more difficult when it means leaving the wife and kids at home. You may not often think of players in that sort of light, but the lockout is hitting them hard in other ways.