Bob Perani played his first game as the goalie with the Flint Generals on New Year's eve of 1969. He played five years with the Generals before retiring from the sport that he loved. A few years later, Perani would get back into the game of hockey when he opened Bob Perani's Sports Shop in 1976. His little store in Flint grew. Exponentially. Now known as Perani's Hockey World, it's considered the largest independent hockey equipment distributor in the world.