Petr Cech has proven that if he ever wants to continue playing sport after he retires from club football, he could make a decent ice hockey goalie.
The goalkeeper has been back in the Czech Republic to play in ice hockey player, Martin Havlat’s, testimonial in Brno.
36-year-old Havlat, who used to play on the left wing, helped the Czech Republic win gold at the 2000 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, and has represented six teams throughout 15 NHL seasons.
He officially retired in 2015, the year before Cech also took a step back from his national team.
Cech, decked out in all the gear, was the only non-ice hockey player out there but looked no stranger to a pair of skates. In fact, he looked pretty confident between the sticks.
The 35-year-old insisted that he was only there for the event and that he’d ‘promised’ Arsenal that he would be back in north London as soon as it was over.
Well, you’d hope so considering he’s the Gunners’ #1.
“I had to promise Arsenal that I would come back immediately after the match,” he said, reports the Daily Mail. “I’ve got training in the morning, it was only a quick trip.
‘You have to know your limits, do it reasonably and don’t get too tired. Spending one period on the ice is good exercise for me, a great experience and very enjoyable.”
You can watch the video, provided by iSport.cz, below.
Cech was in action for Arsenal last weekend when the Gunners won a penalty shoot-out against his former team, Chelsea, in the Community Shield.
Although the shot-stopper didn’t directly save any of the penalties, let’s pretend that he at least put both Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata off enough that they missed theirs.
Arsenal won 4-1 on spot-kicks.