SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Vincent Viola grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from West Point, is a former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and after the Sept. 11 attacks founded a center devoted to combating terrorism.
He's now the new owner of the Florida Panthers, said a person familiar with the situation.
Viola will be introduced in that role Friday after paying 250 million to buy the NHL franchise, the person said, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms have not been made public. The Panthers scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss ownership, but confirmed no other details.
"I know the parties are working very hard on a transaction and they're going to try to consummate it as quickly as possible," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week.
Viola will replace Cliff Viner, a longtime Panthers fan who became a co-general partner of the team in 2009 and took over as general partner, chairman and CEO the following year.