Former Chelsea goalkeeper Cech Joins Ice Hockey Team, Guildford Phoenix

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Cech Joins Ice Hockey Team, Guildford Phoenix

Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has joined the National Ice Hockey League team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender.

The Czech Republic legend joined the second-tier team after retiring from football, but his newfound love doesn’t affect his role at Chelsea.


“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 will be the team’s third-choice goaltender and will only train when his Chelsea schedule allows.


“Some people seem to think I’ve changed my job. No, I didn’t.


“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.” He tweets.


Andy Hemmings, Guildford’s head coach, said they are happy to capture Cech’s signature.


“The signing of Petr is massive for the Phoenix, he is a great guy who trains hard and I cannot wait to see him make his debut.”


Cech 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.



Other footballers to switch sports

Paolo Maldini – tennis

Tim Wiese, Stuart Tomlinson, Grant Holt – wrestling

Ivan Perisic – beach volleyball

Dudek, Santiago Canizares,

Fabien Barthez – motor racing

Leon McKenzie & Curtis Woodhouse – boxing

Gabriel Batistuta – polo

Bixente Lizarazu – Jiu-jitsu

Clive Allen – American football

Gary Lineker – cricket

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