Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech signed with ice hockey team Chelmsford Chieftains

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech signed with ice hockey team Chelmsford Chieftains

Petr Cech, a former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper, has signed a one-year contract with Chelmsford Chieftains in ice hockey.

The Essex club is in the NIHL Division One South, a tier higher than his previous club Guildford Phoenix, where he played 20 games over three years, helping them to a treble before leaving this summer.

The 40-year-old ex-goalkeeper joined the Chieftains ahead of their match against Oxford City Stars on Sunday, and he started in goal wearing the #39 jersey he wore at the Phoenix.

‘I’m excited for a new challenge with the Chieftains and I’m looking forward to helping the team reach their targets for the season,” the 40-year-old said.

Cech had a .931 save average for Guildford and Chieftains head coach Mark Saunders said: “Having a netminder of Petr’s quality and experience come into our squad is a huge boost for us right now.

“He brings a winning mentality, a desire to compete every single time he’s on the ice, and we look forward to seeing him add to our group this season.”

Cech won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League during his time as a footballer in England.

He worked for Chelsea as a technical advisor from 2019 but left Stamford Bridge this summer when Todd Boehly took over the club.

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