Petr Cech makes pro ice hockey debut for the Guilford Phoenix and Chelsea legend SAVES PENALTY and is named man of the match

CHELSEA legend Petr Cech took up a familiar position in between the posts on Sunday afternoon – even saving a PENALTY and getting named man of the match on the way to a win.

But rather than facing shots on the green grass of a football pitch, the 37-year-old was having pucks fired at him on an ice rink.

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Petr Cech made his pro ice hockey debut – saving a penalty and getting named man of the match in a win[/caption]

 

The Blues’ sporting director made his debut for the Guilford Phoenix on Sunday – the reserves of British National League side Guilford Flames – and was the hero in a shootout win against the Swindon Wildcats.

The Phoenix had drawn 2-2 in normal time with neither finding a winner in overtime.

And the 6ft 5in Premier League and Champions League winner stood tall to be the hero for the Phoenix.

During the shootout, Cech made a save from the first attempt and saw two other shots miss his net as the Phoenix picked up an important win.

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Cech has joined the Guilford Phoenix, the reserves of the Guilford Flames[/caption]

Ahead of his switch to the ice, Cech had said last week: “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.”

And although Cech started well, keeping the Swindon Wildcats at bay in the first period, the Champions League and Premier League winner conceded two goals in less than ten minutes as the Wildcats fought back.

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Cech is an ice hockey lover and has followed the sport since childhood[/caption]

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Petr Cech, welcome to the DaveArt family! It was so exciting to paint and create your Storyteller design. A design which pays tribute to both London and Petr’s homecountry. It was so fun to brainstorm and build this design with you Petr! The top and sides of the mask pays tribute to London, you will find the logos of both Arsenal and Chelsea, and if you look close you will also find the Tower Bridge, Big Ben and The Eye… The lower part of the mask pays tribute to Petr’s homecountry, and especially his hockey idol, the legendary Dominik Hasek. Thanks again Petr! @petrcech #DaveArt #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtTheStoryteller

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Cech also had a special mask created for the game back in April – showing he’s clearly been planning this move for a while.

The helmet is an ode to Cech’s adopted home, London, featuring a Union Jack, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye.

It also has the Chelsea badge on one side of the helmet and the Arsenal badge on the other.

On the chin strap is an homage to Cech’s ice hockey hero – the great Dominik Hasek, one of the NHL’s greatest players and a hero in the Czech Republic.

Hasek is also the reason Cech wears the No39 on the ice, it was his number.