Petr Cech saves two penalties to secure shootout victory on ice hockey debut

Petr Cech was the hero for Guildford Phoenix as he made two penalty saves in a shootout victory on his ice hockey debut.

The former Chelsea and Arsenal stopper, now technical advisor for the Blues, was an instrumental part of the Phoenix side that beat Swindon Wildcats 3-2 at the Guildford Spectrum.

The legendary Czech Republic goalkeeper joined the fourth-tier ice hockey outfit earlier this week, returning to the sport he played as a youngster.

The Phoenix are the reserve side of British National League side Guildford Flames and had drawn the game 2-2 in normal time with neither side finding a winner in overtime.



Cech makes a save during Phoenix’s match against the Wildcats

Phoenix took the lead through Jacob Rondeau-Smith early in the second period but trailed 2-1 heading into the third period.

An equaliser from Taylor Wootton took the game into overtime and ultimately the shootout.

And the former Premier League and Champions League winner became the hero on his first appearance for the club, making two saves during the shootout.

Cech saved the Wildcats’ first and last efforts to secure his side the victory and was named his side’s man of the match.



Cech had a special helmet made for his return to the rink




Ahead of Phoenix debut, the 37-year-old said: 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.”

The football legend had a special mask created ahead of his move to the rink, the helmet is dedicated to Cech’s adopted home of 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.

Cech wears the number 39, in homage to the great Dominik Hasek, a hero in the Czech Republic, who also wore the number.

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