Petr Cech is a professional football player, hockey player and advisor for Chelsea. He is known as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the Premier League. Cech was named man of the match in pro Ice Hockey debut. This 37 year the old guy made histories throughout his career.
In his first game for the Guildford Phoenix ice hockey team, he was the hero of the match, saving the crucial shots. Cech has always been a fan of the sport since childhood. He was retired from a career in football that saw him keep 202 Premier League clean sheets and win every major trophy going. And from there, it was time to switchgrass for ice. Cech’s move from top-level football to fourth-tier ice hockey was an easy move.
Cech has saved two of the first four penalties he faced and then came up against a fifth. The Wildcats’ Mason Lipsey dribbled towards him. All you can see was Cech saving his shot low down to his left. It was a game between two teams that won the opening two games of the National Ice Hockey League season. This game made a 2-2 and even after the overtime, there were no further goals.
“I wanted to win, that was the main thing, and I’m glad we did,” said Cech after what was his first competitive match since featuring for Arsenal in May’s Europa League final and his first experience of a shootout since being involved in the one that sealed victory for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final. “I was surprised that I wasn’t more nervous. I didn’t know what to expect so it was nice how quickly my body switched into matchday mode.”
There was a crowd of 909 people, this game made a record for a Phoenix home game. People got to see Cech play for the first time and knew what he’s capable of. Cech had been practicing with Guildford since August but Sunday was his first official game. He said that his experience was a dream come true. Want to make your dream come true by playing hockey in the comfort of your home? why not try some hockey games online… There’s a panoply of games at Lucky Pants Bingo online, you will encounter Break Away Slot which has been themed on this sport. On top of that, you get to learn some tips and tricks about Ice Hockey.
During the match, Cech wore a customised helmet painted in Chelsea and Arsenal colors. And not to forget the most eye-catching moment which came early in the third period was when he proved the reflexes of old by keeping out an impressively strong hit shot with his right hand.
Cech was annoyed with the method of the first goal, he admitted that he has given the puck turned in but this was a day to remember for him. He also wants to create and continue his duties as a technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge. “It was a childhood dream for me to play even one game of ice hockey,” he said. “I’ve done that now and nobody can take that from me.”