Chelsea and Arsenal legend Petr Cech to play professional ICE HOCKEY for Guildford Phoenix and will make debut this weekend

PETR CECH has announced a bold new career move and he will be allowed to keep his trademark headguard on – when playing ice hockey for Guildford Phoenix.

Some former footballers are tempted into appearances on shows such as Dancing on Ice but the ex-Chelsea and Arsenal keeper has different plans for the rink.

Chelsea and Arsenal legend Petr Cech to play professional ICE HOCKEY for Guildford Phoenix and will make debut this weekend2 Cech is set to compete for Guildford this season

On Wednesday night, the shock announcement was made that Cech would be playing for Guildford this season as their netminder.

The 37-year-old said he was "delighted" to begin his new career in a sport he has "loved to watch and play as a kid".

He told the club website: "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."

Cech was a favourite at both Chelsea and Arsenal, enjoying particular success in West London while winning four Premier League titles and a Champions League across almost 500 appearances.

In August, the Czech shot-stopper showed off images of him training with the Surrey squad having just retired from the Gunners.

He has since been installed as part of Frank Lampard's staff at Stamford Bridge, under the title of technical and performance adviser.

Chelsea and Arsenal legend Petr Cech to play professional ICE HOCKEY for Guildford Phoenix and will make debut this weekend2 The ex-goalie trained with the second-tier side in AugustCredit: @PetrCech
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And head coach Andy Hemmings hailed him as "a great guy who trains hard" upon his confirmation as a Phoenix player.

Fellow head coach Milos Melicherik added: "He has improved a lot since I first saw him on the ice and I am excited to see him play."

Guildford face Swindon Wildcats reserves at home on Sunday, the puck dropping at 5.30pm.

Playing in the National Ice Hockey League 2 South division, the side has won both their opening games of the second-tier season so far.

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