Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has signed up for a career in ice hockey with English team Guildford Phoenix.
Cech, who only ended his football career in May following Arsenal’s 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, will put his gloves back on as a goaltender for Guildford Phoenix in England’s fourth-tier ice hockey division.
The 37-year-old previously played the sport in his native Czech Republic during his youth.
Therefore, Cech hopes he won’t be too rusty as he prepares to defend the Guildford Phoenix goal.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get match experience,” he told the club’s website.
“I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.
“After 20 years of professional football, this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.”
Petr Cech will now be playing ice hockey for Guildford Phoenix. Didn’t see that coming 😂 pic.twitter.com/n0MBah3nvT
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Head coach Andy Hemmings added: “The signing of Petr is massive for the Phoenix. He is a great guy who trains hard and I cannot wait to see him make his debut.”
Cech could make his professional ice hockey debut for Guildford Phoenix’s home game against Swindon Wildcats II on Sunday at the Guildford Spectrum leisure complex.
Undoubtedly the outfit, who were founded in 2007, hope that the veteran’s glorious past can rub off on them as they continue their push to reach the English Premier Ice Hockey League someday.
The former Czech Republic international won the Premier League four times at Chelsea along with four FA Cups, four Community Shields, three EFL Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Cech also tasted glory during his four-year stint at Arsenal in an FA Cup and two Community Shields.
He currently works at Chelsea again as a Technical Advisor.