Chelsea Legend Petr Cech Saves Crucial Penalty On His Ice Hockey Debut As Guildford Phoenix Win
Petr Cech pulled off heroics on his debut for Guildford Phoenix as he saved a crucial penalty to hand his side victory and scooped the man of the match award.
The Chelsea legend, 37, announced his retirement from football last season and sensationally made the switch to ice hockey.
The former Arsenal shot-stopper made his debut on Sunday for Guildford Phoenix, who are the reserves for English side Guildford Flames, against the Swindon Wildcats.
Phoenix and Wildcats were held 2-2 in normal time and the match headed into overtime, but the deadlock wasn't broken and went to a shootout.
And Phoenix hero Cech rose to the occasion when he saved the first penalty from Wildcats.
The former Czech Republic international stepped up again for Wildcats' important penalty and saved it to secure a big win for his side.
Penalty shots. Sudden death. Wildcats must beat Cech to avoid defeat. Can you guess what happens next? #cfc pic.twitter.com/4Et0IrXNC0
- Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) October 13, 2019
Petr Cech's helmet for his first game as Guilford Phoenix goaltender:
- Arsenal badge on one side.
- Chelsea badge on the other.
- bet365 (@bet365) October 13, 2019
Cech also paid tribute to his time at Chelsea and Arsenal by wearing the crests of the respective clubs on his helmet.
Cech, who became a technical and performance advisor for Chelsea in June, said ahead of his debut that he was "delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix."
He continued: "I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play."
View this post on InstagramPetr Cech, welcome to the DaveArt family!:pray::blush: :star: It was so exciting to paint and create your Storyteller design:closed_book:. A design which pays tribute to both London:flag_gb: and Petr's homecountry:flag_cz:. :star: 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:soccer: and Chelsea:soccer:, and if you look close you will also find the Tower Bridge:bridge_at_night:, Big Ben:alarm_clock: and The Eye:ferris_wheel:... :star: The lower part of the mask pays tribute to Petr's homecountry, and especially his hockey idol, the legendary Dominik Hasek:muscle::flag_cz:. Thanks again Petr!:pray::blush: @petrcech #DaveArt #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtTheStoryteller
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