Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has swapped grass for ice by signing for National Ice Hockey League team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender.
The Czech, a big fan of the sport, has got his skates on after working on his game since retiring from football. “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, who arrived in Britain in 2004 having signed for the Blues, adopted top-flight Elite Ice Hockey League side Guildford Flames as his team.
Guildford Phoenix play in the second tier of British ice hockey.