Petr Cech had a tremendously successful career as a goalkeeper for both Chelsea and Arsenal. He is currently the performance and technical director at Chelsea, a position which he took on when he hung his boots for good. Even though he had such a long and successful career in the field, his first love has always been ice hockey. This is a love which he is now pursuing with great success. Recently not only helping his team win during his first game on ice but also delivering such an excellent performance that he was announced as man of the match.
Pursuing His First Love
Cech jumped at the first opportunity, which came his way, and when he had the chance to pursue his first love, he took it. He got signed by Guildford Phoenix as a goalkeeper for their team. Guildford Phoenix plays in the fourth tier of the British ice hockey league. At the age of 37 years, he had the opportunity this Sunday in Guildford, to show off his skills and sharpness on the ice. He managed two penalty saves which included the very crucial last one during the shootout which ensured Guildford’s victory over the Swindon Wildcats. Afterwards, he commented that he badly wanted to win and that he is glad that they did.
Experiencing the Game
For the game, Cech was dressed in a jersey which was half that of Chelsea and half that of Arsenal. He also had a custom made a helmet. Cech stated that he couldn’t believe that he wasn’t more nervous during the game. He was also impressed with the speed at which his body switched into, what the refers to as, matchday mode. The team is the development team for the top-flight club Guildford Flames. Even though this one performance has given Cech a tremendous amount of satisfaction in pursuing this long-standing dream, he will be playing as much as that he possible can fit in with Chelsea commitments still on his program as well.
A Successful Career in Football
Many consider Cech to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of European soccer. During his 15-year career playing goalkeeper on the soccer field, Cech had much success with 13 trophies earned from 11 seasons of playing for Chelsea. He also won four Premier League titles there. At Arsenal, he helped them into the 2015 FA Cup and contributed to sealing their victory in 2017. For himself, he was also the winner of many personal accolades during his career. Even though he now has swopped the grass which used to be beneath his feet for ice, it seems that the skill which he brings to play is no less and that Cech will soon be a recognized name within the sport of ice hockey too. For his magnificent contribution to the game against the Swindon Wildcats, Cech was named man of the match.