Petr Cech signs for Surrey-based ice hockey club Guildford Pheonix

Cech goes for a change of sport

Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has signed for Surrey-based ice hockey club Guildford Pheonix following his retirement from football.

Cech had an illustrious career in the Premier League and on the European stage, predominantly with Chelsea.

The Czech Republic shot-stopper made 494 appearances for the Blues, racking up 228 clean sheets.

Cech then left for Arsenal after the signing of Thibaut Courtois pushed him down the pecking order.

Cech then made 139 appearances for the Gunners before retiring from football at the end of last season.

Now, the former Premier League goalkeeper has changed sports.

Petr Cech

Petr Cech during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

A new experience for Petr Cech

As announced on Wednesday, Petr Cech has signed for Surrey-based ice hockey club Guildford Pheonix.

Cech has been training with the club and eventually signed a deal this week.

As expected, Cech will play as the netminder and could make his debut this weekend.

‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Pheonix to get the match experience,’ Cech explained in a statement on the Guildford Pheonix 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.’

Cech is currently a technical and performance advisor at Chelsea, but there is no mention of him leaving his position at Stamford Bridge.


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