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Chelsea technical advisor Petr Čech named NIHL2 Player of the Month for January

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Chelsea goalkeeper wins player of the month award! We’re saved!

No, it’s not Kepa.

It’s that old dog Petr Čech, Chelsea legend and technical director advisor, who moonlights as a goalkeeper in second division junior hockey these days, whenever his job allows — 5 games played in total since his debut in October.

And while Guildford Phoenix are apparently quite good this season, leading the NIHL South West Division 2 with a nearly perfect 15 wins from 15 games played — 1 of the wins needed overtime (Čech’s debut, incidentally); it’s only blemish on the record! — Čech himself was also quite good in January. He backstopped 2 of the team’s 3 games that month, including a huge 3-2 win over second place Swindon Wildcats 2 and a bit easier 7-1 win over third place Basingstoke Buffalo. Having conceded just 3 goals on 54 shots faced (.944 save percentage), Čech improved his record on the season to 5-0, with a .930 save percentage (it’s a slightly more meaningful stat in a sport with massive shot volume).

Yesterday, he was named the division’s Player of the Month for January! He apparently gets a free “Obble hat” from Oddballs as his prize. I mean, that’s priceless.

Congrats, Big Pete!