There are few players who’ve made as big an impression on the Premier League this season than Petr Cech.
The goalkeeper moved to Arsenal in the summer from Chelsea in a deal worth around £10 million, and he has been in outstanding form for the Gunners this term.
But the Czech Republic international has revealed that his career could have gone down a very different path after having the opportunity to become a hockey player.
Cech grew up in Plzeň, where ice hockey was far more popular amongst kids than football and he admits he was close to pursuing life that sport.
However, the expensive cost of buying the equipment required to take part made his dad urge him to try football instead.
In the above YouTube video for ArsenalTVHD, the Champions League winner talks about how he ended up between the sticks as a child and tells the anecdote, saying: “I always wanted to play ice hockey.
“That was always my first choice.
“But obviously, at that time, you would have to buy all the equipment so if you imagine the financial aspect of buying all the equipment and you grow up fast as a kid so then you need to keep buying it and we just couldn’t afford it.
“My father was very clever and he knew that I’d enjoy any type of sport and that I had ice hockey and football on the same level.
“So he took me to the football club when I was six-and-a-half or seven and obviously, as soon as I started playing football, I knew that I really liked it.”
To be fair, we’re not entirely sure he would’ve liked Ice Hockey – it would’ve been hard to fit his iconic skull cap underneath the helmets.
Cech is expected to be in goals – without a hockey stick – for the Gunners’ tough trip to Stoke City on Sunday, with the club currently neck-and-neck with Leicester City in the Premier League title race.
A big few months lie in store for Cech and his team-mates in north London!
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