Chelsea legend Petr Cech debuted as a hockey goalie

Now no one can say that you didn’t catch golf without a hat!

At 37, the time for Cech has ended. He lost his place to Bernd Leno at Arsenal earlier this season and could only enjoy time in the Europa League.

But when he said goodbye to football, Cech still deserves to be one of the most respected watchmen, not only because of the talent that has been confirmed in Chelsea and Arsenal shirts, but also for his courage and perseverance with professionalism.

Recently, our former goalkeeper and current technical adviser Petr Cech announced he would compete in an official hockey tournament.

The 37-year-old former goalkeeper will compete as a netminder for the Guildford team based near Cech’s residence. When not at Chelsea, he will play with them. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to play for Phoenix to have a real experience”,  Cech said.

Guildford head coach Milos Melicherik added: “We are delighted that Petr joined Phoenix and we are looking forward to meeting him this weekend”.

Cech will feature in the first match against Swindon Wildcats 2. He is of course the most successful goalkeeper in Chelsea Football Club history, including keeping our record of the number of clean sheets.

After retiring from football after the Europa League final in May when he played for Arsenal against Chelsea, Cech returned to Stamford Bridge in a new role in June.

At the age of 13, Cech had to make a decision between pursuing the future in hockey or in soccer, because he simply did not have time to practice both. Since moving to England, he has been regularly watching ice hockey in Guildford, as well as watching the NHL in the United States.

Back in 1998, the 16-year-old Cech was captivated by the achievement of his own country, the Czech Republic, with a dramatic victory at the Winter Olympics that year in Japan.

‘When I was in Nagano, the quarterfinals, semi-finals and ice hockey finals all took place in the morning, so I didn’t go to school. We all tried to find ways to not miss it”, he added.