Used Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has swapped grass for ice by signing for National Ice Hockey League personnel Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender.
The Czech, a spacious fan of the game, has bought his skates on after engaged on his game since retiring from soccer.
“I’m hoping I will relieve this younger personnel stop their targets,” Cech, 37, acknowledged.
“After Twenty years of knowledgeable soccer, that is going to be a marvelous abilities for me to play the game I loved to see and play as a miniature bit one.”
Cech, who arrived in Britain in 2004 having signed for the Blues, adopted top-flight Elite Ice Hockey League aspect Guildford Flames as his personnel.
Guildford Phoenix play within the 2nd tier of British ice hockey.
Cech, who made 124 appearances for the Czech Republic, won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League all over his time as a footballer in England.
He’ll be the Phoenix’s third-different keeper, and could well well also merely hiss when his Chelsea agenda permits.
Posting on Twitter on Wednesday evening after the announcement, he acknowledged: “Some of us appear to teach I’ve modified my job. No I did not.
“Fortuitously my job at Chelsea would not stop me in my spare time from playing the game I loved as a miniature bit one and which I’ve been playing for years. While being a talented footballer I could well not play the game for obvious causes. Now I will.”
Andy Hemmings, Guildford’s head coach, acknowledged: “The signing of Petr is big for the Phoenix, he is a big guy who trains irritating and I cannot wait to focal point on him carry out his debut.”
Guildford Phoenix face Swindon Wildcats 2 of their next National Ice Hockey League fixture on Sunday.
A form of footballers to change sports actions
Paolo Maldini – tennis
The old vogue Italy captain took section within the Aspria Tennis Cup, an ATP Challenger match, alongside Stefano Landonio but lost 6-1 6-1 in lawful 42 minutes against Poland’s Tomasz Bednarek and Dutchman David Pel.
Tim Wiese, Stuart Tomlinson, Grant Holt – wrestling
Used Germany keeper Wiese made a a success initiate at a WWE dwell match in Munich on three November 2016. Used Burton and Port Vale keeper Tomlinson used to be supplied a developmental contract with WWE, but neither he nor Wiese made an pleasant televised appearance. Ex-Norwich striker Holt won his first fight when he used to be the last man standing in a 40-man Royal Rumble earning him the Crusher Mason Memorial Trophy.
Ivan Perisic – beach volleyball
Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Perisic competed within the Porec Critical Tournament, a talented competition, partnering Niksa Dellorco. The pair lost their first match against Alvaro Morais Filho and Saymon Barbosa.
Jerzy Dudek, Santiago Canizares, Fabien Barthez – motor racing
Dudek and Barthez occupy competed in 24-hour patience races whereas fellow goalkeeper Canizares crashed off the toll road in his Suzuki at the Sierra Moreno Rally.
Leon McKenzie & Curtis Woodhouse – boxing
Used Peterborough and Norwich striker McKenzie won eight of his Eleven bouts whereas midfielder Woodhouse won 24 of his 31 fights and even won the British gentle-welterweight title.
Gabriel Batistuta – polo
The old vogue Fiorentina striker ended his occupation with an ankle damage but took up polo in 2009.
Bixente Lizarazu – Jiu-jitsu
Lizarazu won the World Cup with France and the Champions League with Bayern Munich, then took up Jiu-jitsu, by which he grew to turn exact into a European champion.
Clive Allen – American soccer
All the contrivance by 1997, the old vogue Tottenham striker played as a placekicker for London Monarchs in NFL Europe – a competition that ran from 1991 to 2007.
Gary Lineker – cricket
The old vogue England and Tottenham striker played for the MCC against aged foe Germany in 1992 at Lord’s.