Petr Cech has signed for Guildford Phoenix, an ice-hockey team that plays in the fourth tier.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Troy Deeney of Watford sees his penalty saved by Petr Cech of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Now, 37, ice hockey is a sport Petr Cech has always had a passion for, playing it in his home country before he moved.

Returning to Chelsea as technical and performance advisor after he retired from playing at the end of his Arsenal contract, one of the best goalkeepers to play the game will play in goal for the Phoenix.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience,” Cech told the club’s 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.”

Club head coach, Milos Melicherik, said: “We are very excited to have Petr join the Phoenix team and we are looking forward to seeing him in action this weekend. He has improved a lot since I first saw him on the ice and I am excited to see him play.”

Head coach Andy Hemmings, added, “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.”

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