Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ex Chelsea keeper Cech takes up ice hockey career

Ex Chelsea keeper Cech takes up ice hockey career

Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has embarked on a new career in ice hockey after signing for Guildford Phoenix.

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.

However, the 37-year-old said he will continue with his role as Technical and Performance adviser at Chelsea despite taking up the new sport.

He will play as a goaltender and the club's next match is this Sunday, when the two-year-old outfit playing at home to Swindon Wildcats II. However, he was also a talented footballer and he played professionally for Scunthorpe Town in 11 games in an effort to get fit after an injury.

Posting on Twitter, he said: "Some people seem to think I changed my job".

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Cech is looking to hit the ground running with the Phoenix, whose head coach believes the veteran goalkeeper has been making big strides on the ice.

Cech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during his Chelsea career, with a further FA Cup success coming at Arsenal.

Cech played 15 seasons in the Premier League, amassing a record 207 clean sheets in 443 games for the Blues and Gunners.

"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.

It's an unlikely transition, especially at this stage of his life, but Cech's agility and ability to read the play could serve him well in ice hockey.

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