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Robert (Bob) Perani
Born August 7, 1942(1942-08-07),
Rome, Italy
Died April 15 2012 (aged 69),
in flight/en route from Detroit to Tokyo
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
IHL team Flint Generals
Playing career 1969–1974

Bob Perani (August 7, 1942 – April 15, 2012) was a professional ice hockey goaltender for the Flint Generals in the International Hockey League. He was also the founder of Perani's Hockey World sports retail chain in 1976,[1] and owned the naming rights for the Perani Arena and Event Center. Perani died on April 15, 2012 while traveling on an international flight from Detroit to Tokyo.[2][3]

Perani was born in Italy in 1942 and moved to Canada with his family in 1953, settling near Toronto.[4] He attended St. Lawrence University and played a number of leagues in Michigan and Ontario. He and his wife Kris moved to Flint in the late 1960s and never left. Kris died from cancer in 2006.The following year, as part of the 'Perani Group', he bought the Flint Generals. He retired as a player after the 1974 season and went into the pizza business and in 1976 started "Bob Perani's Sports Shop".[5]

Perani retired to Thailand and died on a flight from Detroit to Tokyo en route to Thailand.[6]

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1963–64
AHCA East All-American 1963–64
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament First Team 1964


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gene Kinasewich
ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
Succeeded by
Pat Murphy