Former football goalkeeper Petr Cech signs for English ice hockey team

    Petr Cech in action during the UEFA Champions League for Chelsea.

    (CNN)Petr Cech clearly hates goals.

    The former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper, who played 443 Premier League games for the two London superpowers, hung up his gloves last season after 20 years as a professional footballer.
    But some habits are hard to kick, and Cech once against finds himself between the posts. Only this time, he's on ice.
      The 37-year-old has signed for the English National Ice Hockey League (NIHL) team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender on a part-time basis. Cech, who made 124 appearances in goal for his native Czech Republic, still works for Chelsea as a technical and performance adviser.
      Petr Cech wore a rugby-style scrum-cap after a serious head injury.


      "I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get match experience," said Cech, who will serve as the team's third choice goaltender.
      "I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play."
      Cech revealed on Twitter that he has loved the sport since he was a child and has "been playing for years." The sport is immensely popular in the Czech Republic with the men's and women's national teams ranked fifth and eighth respectively, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation.