The former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech surprised the fans with a shocking move. The forty- year former player has left Stamford Bridge after the takeover by Ted Boehly was confirmed earlier this year. Petr Cech has made a surprising new venture in his career to Chelmsford Chieftains, an ice hockey team. The goalkeeper had left his role as technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge. The fans were curious to see Cech’s next move. It definitely was a bit of a shock for the fans of the goalkeeper.
Former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper join an ice hockey team
The former goalkeeper had previously played for the Guildford Phoenix back in 2019 while still working for Chelsea. Following those initial steps in ice hockey, the former goalkeeper has now signed for the NIHL South Division 1 side Chelmsford Chieftains for the 2022-23 season. He will play as the netminder in the team after his retirement from football. The Czech took this step to maintain his fitness following retirement. Cech always had an interest for different types of sports, he had also played junior hockey in the Czech Republic.
Cech’s new role after retirement
Head coach Mark Saunders of the team told BBC,
“Having a netminder of Petr’s quality and experience come into our squad is a huge boost for us right now.”
He further added,
“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 campaign.”
Cech had commented after his first game,
“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.”
Cech had worked for Chelsea since 2019 as a technical advisor but left the club after the official confirmation of the new takeover. The former footballer had won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League, and the Europa League during his time as a footballer in England.
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