"Nobody will ever take that away from me, which is very nice," Cech said after the penalty shoot-out
Last update: 10/13/19 10:58 pm
Former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says his hockey debut for Guildford Phoenix is the realization of a childhood dream.
Cech, a Champions League winner at Chelsea, showed an outstanding performance as his penalty shoot-out helped his new team-mate beat Swindon Wildcats 2 3-2 on Sunday.
The 37-year-old moved to Phoenix last week after retiring from professional football at the end of last season to play South 2 in the National Ice Hockey League.
"It's a kind of childhood dream to play a game that already existed [now] happened, "said Cech, whose penalty as netminder secured the perfect start for Phoenix in the third game of the season.
"Nobody will ever take that away from me, which is really nice."
Cech hopes that his surprising change of sport, which he joins Chelsea as a technical consultant and performance consultant, may motivate the offspring to believe he is achieving his goals.
"If you have a dream and persecute it and do everything to make it happen … I've done that in football and all my dreams have come true," he added.
"I said, this could be the last dream I was hoping for [tick off]& # 39 ;. But I worked hard for it.
"I think it can play a role for the young players to know that if you chase your dreams, good things can happen."
Cech, wearing a bespoke helmet in the colors of the former clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, admitted that he wanted to become a hockey player as a child, but his family could not afford the equipment.
He revealed that former Chelsea team-mates John Terry and Didier Drogba had sent him good-bye messages prior to his first appearance.
The Czech's debut was watched in the Guildford Spectrum by over 900 spectators, who usually had between 50 and 70 spectators.
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