Goalkeeper to goaltender: Peter Cech signs for ice hockey club

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2019

The 37-year-old Cech, who retired from playing football at the end of the 2018-19 season and rejoined Chelsea in a backroom role, has signed for British lower-division hockey team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender.

Cech retired from football after last season, having played at Arsenal since 2015 after previously spending 11 seasons with Chelsea.

Who knows? One day he may reach the National Hockey League.

"After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to play and watch as a kid", Cech said in a team statement. He won 124 global caps for Czech Republic and solidified himself as one of the best ever at his position, finally retiring from the sport after the 2018-19 season, having spent the last four years of his soccer career with Arsenal.

"While being a professional footballer I couldn't play the game for obvious reasons".

He said: "The signing of Petr is massive for the Phoenix".

"The signing of Petr is massive for the Phoenix, he is a great guy who trains hard, and I can not wait to see him make his debut", he said.

Cech, who still works at Chelsea as a technical and performance advisor, will make his ice hockey debut on Sunday.

"The signing of Petr is massive for the Phoenix, he is a great guy who trains hard and I can not wait to see him make his debut", head coach Andy Hemmings said.

He won the Premier league four times, the FA cup four times, the League Cup three times and picked up a Champions League winner's medal in 2011-12.

"He has improved a lot since I first saw him on the ice and I am excited to see him play".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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