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New York City native buys Panthers

Updated: September 26, 2013, 7:01 PM ET
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SUNRISE, Fla. -- 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, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

Viola will be introduced in that role Friday after paying $250 million to buy the NHL franchise, said a person familiar with the situation, speaking to The Associated Press ...

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