Cech comes out of retirement to join ice hockey team

Football Lifestyle By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 10/10/2019

Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has come out of retirement to join the National Ice Hockey League team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender.

The 37-year-old Czech legend joined the second-tier team after retiring from football, but his newfound love doesn’t affect his role at Stamford Bridge.

Cech told the Chelsea official website: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience.

"I hope I can help this young team 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."

He later added: "Some people seem to think I changed my job. No I didn't. Luckily my job is as the technical and performance advisor at Chelsea FC doesn't stop me in my spare time from playing the game I loved as a kid which I've been playing for years. 

"While being a professional footballer I couldn't play the game for obvious reasons. Now I can.' 

Guildford’s head coach Milos Melicherik added: "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.’

Guildford Phoenix face Swindon Wildcats 2 in their next National Ice Hockey League fixture on Sunday, while Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge after the international break.