A CHELSEA legend insists his new sport at the age of 40 is "more fun" than winning the Champions League.
It's better skate than never for the all-time Premier League great, who has gone from goalkeeper to goaltender.
Petr Cech won the Prem and FA Cup four times apiece as well as the ultimate club prize via the famous 2012 final against Bayern Munich.
And after 11 years at Stamford Bridge, he added another FA Cup victory with Arsenal.
Cech then went backto Chelsea as technical director but departed in June 2022 following Todd Boehly's takeover.
Now, like a footballer who claims he supported his new club as a kid, Cech has returned to his first sporting love – ice hockey.
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The 124-cap former Czech Republic stopper got hooked again when he went to watch Guildford Phoenix in 2013.
And after retiring as a football player six years later he was able to sign for the Surrey club.
He switched to Chelmsford Chieftains in the NIHL South Division One on a one-year deal last summer.
Comparing his sports past and present, Cech told the Daily Mail: "You're still in that dressing room. You're still having that banter. But it's a completely different level of pressure.
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"This is more fun than when you play a Champions League game for everything.
"But I still have that feeling in myself because I want to perform. I want to win. I hate losing. It's the same feeling I had when I played football.
"You still get that feeling when you're walking through the corridor, to the ice, surrounded by all these people.
"Maybe if there were 30 fans, it would be different. But the building is full. That's what I like."
Perhaps he can eventually set up a new ice hockey club, Chillsea, and play at Stamford Fridge.
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