Former and 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 retired from football after playing for in May’s final and then took up a role with as technical and performance adviser.

He arrived in Britain in 2004 to sign for Chelsea and adopted top-flight Elite Ice Hockey League side Guildford Flames as his team.

Guildford Phoenix play in the second tier of British ice hockey.

Cech, who made 124 appearances for the , won four titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the and during his time as a footballer in England.

He will be the Phoenix’s third-choice keeper, and will train when his Chelsea schedule allows.

“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,” head coach Andy Hemmings added.

Guildford Phoenix face Swindon Wildcats 2 in their next National Ice Hockey League fixture on Sunday.


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