Petr Cech was the former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper. He played 443 Premier League games for the two London superpowers. After two decades of being a professional footballer; Cech hung up his gloves.
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But some habits are really hard to let go. This is evident in Cech’s return to the field a once again finds himself between the posts. Only this time, he’s on ice.
The 37-year-old who has always loved sport since childhood and has been playing for years has signed for the English National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender on a part-time basis. Cech who made 124 appearances in goal for his native Czech Republic; still works for Chelsea as a technical and performance adviser. The international Ice Hockey Federation made it known that the sport is extremely popular in Czech Republic with the men’s and women’s national teams ranked fifth and eighth respectively.
Cech expressed his delight on the opportunity given to play with Phoenix to get match experiences. He will serve as the team’s third choice goaltender. According to Cech, he would help the young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible whenever he has the chance to play.
Cech is not the only delighted person; Phoenix coach, Andy Hemmings is also delighted with Cech being their latest acquisition. According to him, Petr Cech is a great guy who trains hard. He believes signing him is something massive for the Phoenix. Andy Hemmings looks forward to Cech’s first appearance.
Hemmings and the rest of the Guildford team will hope Cech’s knack for winning trophies rubs off as the club founded in 2017 seeks promotion from the Division 2 South league.
If you recall, with Chelsea, Cech won four Premier Leagues titles, four FA Cups, the 2013 Europa League and the 2012 Champions League when he saved two penalties in a dramatic shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Cech cut an instantly recognizable figure for much of his career after sustaining a revolting blow to his head in October 2006 when he collided with Reading’s Stephen Hunt. He later underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture and was out of action for three months. When he returned in January 2007 against Liverpool, he sported a rugby-style scrum-cap that would become his trademark.
With a seemingly insatiable appetite for saving shots, a love for the game and a taste for extra protective head gear; all signs point to a successful transition between sports.
If he’s half as good as he was on the soccer pitch, the Phoenix are set for a dramatic rise.
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