Petr Cech Swaps Football For Ice Hockey
Petr Cech has moved from grass to ice by signing for National Ice Hockey League team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender.
Former Chelsea, Arsenal Goalkeeper has swapped Football For Ice Hockey, barely few months after retiring from football, former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has moved from grass to ice by signing for National Ice Hockey League team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender. The Czech has got his skates on after working on his game since retiring from football.
“I hope I can help this young team achieve their goals,” Cech, 37, said.
“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.”
Cech, who arrived in Britain in 2004 having signed for the Blues, adopted top-flight Elite Ice Hockey League side Guildford Flames as his team.
Guildford Phoenix play in the second tier of British ice hockey.
Cech, who made 124 appearances for the Czech Republic, won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League during his time as a footballer in England.
He will be the Phoenix’s third-choice keeper, and will train when his Chelsea schedule allows. “Luckily my job at Chelsea doesn’t stop me in my spare time from playing the game I loved as a kid and which I’ve been playing for years. While being a professional footballer I couldn’t play the game for obvious reasons. Now I can.”