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Former soccer goalie Cech to honor Hasek with new hockey mask

Longtime goaltender announced he'd switched sports, joined team in Great Britain league

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Petr Cech is a hockey goalie now, and his mask will pay homage to arguably the greatest to ever play his position.

The internationally renowned soccer goalie, who announced he was becoming a hockey goalie and signing with Guildford Phoenix of the National Ice Hockey League (the second division in Great Britain), will sport a mask honoring former NHL goalie Dominik Hasek.

Instagram from @daveart: Petr Cech, welcome to the DaveArt family!🙏🏻😊⭐️It was so exciting to paint and create your Storyteller design📕. A design which pays tribute to both London🇬🇧 and Petr's homecountry🇨🇿. ⭐️It was so fun to brainstorm and build this design with you Petr! The top and sides of the mask pays tribute to London, you will find the logos of both Arsenal⚽️ and Chelsea⚽️, and if you look close you will also find the Tower Bridge🌉, Big Ben⏰ and The Eye🎡... ⭐️The lower part of the mask pays tribute to Petr's homecountry, and especially his hockey idol, the legendary Dominik Hasek💪🏻🥅🇨🇿. Thanks again Petr!🙏🏻😊 @petrcech #DaveArt #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtTheStoryteller

Cech spent his soccer career playing for the Czech national team and professionally for Chelsea and Arsenal in the English Premier League. The 37-year-old retired from Arsenal after their loss to Chelsea on May 29.

Like Hasek, Cech is of Czech descent, and the two goalies are friends. Cech will make his season debut Sunday and will reportedly wear Hasek's customary No. 39 for the Phoenix.

"The signing of Petr is massive for the Phoenix," Guildford coach Andy Hemmings said. "He is a great guy who trains hard, and I cannot wait to see him make his debut."

Aside from Hasek's likeness, the mask also features the logos of his former English soccer clubs, as well as the Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye.

He's fired up about his new career and trying to help Guildford win

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience," Cech said. "After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch as a kid."

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