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Former soccer star Cech wins hockey debut, stops two tries in shootout

New Guildford Phoenix goalie proves he belongs in first game

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

A big save is a big save, whether it's made on grass or ice.

Petr Cech, the internationally renowned soccer star who recently signed with hockey club Guildford Phoenix of the National Ice Hockey League (second division of Great Britain) made a dazzling debut for the squad on Sunday.

Cech, the former goalkeeper for Arsenal and Chelsea of the English Premier League, lifted the Phoenix to victory by stopping two penalty shots to earn the win.

For his performance, he was named "Man of the Match" for the game.

Tweet from @BBCMOTD: Two penalty saves ���Shoot-out win ���Man of the match ���Petr Cech had an ice hockey debut to remember. pic.twitter.com/r8NL0en8kE

Cech, who retired from soccer in May, looked pretty great in his on-ice debut.

Tweet from @PLinUSA: Nothing to see here, just @PetrCech between the sticks today.Wait. pic.twitter.com/oI9jkP8w7l

He also looked great in the crease with his custom-made bucket, which honored his friend, Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and fellow Czech Dominik Hasek.

The helmet also featured the Chelsea and Arsenal logo on either side and the Union Jack across the top with the Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye all featured.

While playing pro hockey, Cech has also retained his post as Technical and Performance advisor to Chelsea.

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