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.
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."