Petr Cech was named Man of the Match on ice hockey debut for Guildford Phoenix

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The whole sporting world raised their eyebrows when Petr Cech emerged from retirement.

The legendary Premier League goalkeeper was true to his word about leaving football, but sensationally decided to follow his childhood ambitions of making it in ice hockey.

And now there are no former clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal to stop him pursuing the pastime, Cech has resumed his career between the sticks with Guildford Phoenix.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience," the 37-year-old said of his sporting switch last week.

"I hope I can help this young team achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.

Cech converts to ice hockey

"After 20 years of professional football, this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid."

Success in the beautiful game is by no means a precursor for glory elsewhere and Cech was inevitably saddled with pressure upon his debut on the ice.

However, things couldn't possibly have gone any better after Cech was named Man of the Match during the National Ice Hockey League South 2 game against Swindon Wildcats.

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Cech makes MOTM debut

But Cech's prowess as the final line of defence was even apparent in the warm-up, saving a series of shots from his teammates as they came his way like machine gun fire.

Clips quickly emerged on Twitter of Cech making some crucial saves throughout the game, spreading himself well and adapting quickly to the comparatively cumbersome equipment.

In the end, the game went to a penalty shootout at 2-2 and Cech secured himself the MOTM award by proving the difference in Phoenix's eventual victory.

As if a miniature version of the 2012 Champions League final, Cech confidently denied the opening Wildcats penalty and watched two more free attempts whizz off target.

Different sport, same Cech.

And there was even a nod to his former career, choosing a beautiful helmet design that featured the badges of Arsenal and Chelsea on each side as well as a nod to Dominik Hasek on the chinstrap.

We have no doubt that more clips will emerge on Cech on the ice in weeks to come and if his time in football is anything to go by, we can expect plenty more stellar performances to come.

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