Life as a hockey player is getting a little more normal again for John Scott, the MVP of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
Scott, 33, is returning to St. John's of the American Hockey League and is expected to be available for games Saturday and Sunday against Toronto.
"It'll be nice to [be] back playing hockey and doing my thing," Scott told ESPN.com. "I'm actually really excited for it.
"This has been the longest break I've had ever. But I play like seven to eight minutes; I won't be too out of shape. I'll be able to keep up."
Scott was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 15 and assigned to St. John's. He had been given time off to spend at home in Traverse City, Mich., with his wife, Danielle, who gave birth to twin daughters Estelle and Sofia on Feb. 5. The Scotts have two older daughters, Eva and Gabrielle.
"Back to work," he said. "Even if it's the AHL that's fine with me. It's pro hockey and I'm still getting paid to play. It could be a lot worse. Obviously I'm leaving my family and the girls, which is tough, but I am excited to go and play hockey again."
Returning to his vocation after a short vacation will not come cheaply for Scott, however.
"Before I left St. John's I was joking with the guys," he said. "I said, 'If I win MVP in the NHL All-Star Game I'll take you out for dinner. So I owe the whole team a dinner when I get back. It'll be nice."