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Vincent Viola new Panthers owner

Updated: September 27, 2013, 2:45 PM ET
Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Vincent Viola's first event as owner of the Florida Panthers opened in a manner worthy of a West Point graduate like himself, with a color guard presenting a U.S. flag and an Army sergeant singing the national anthem.

Viola sang along and clapped at the end. His enthusiasm was evident, as he hopes it will be in his new role.

Viola was formally introduced as the Panthers' principal owner, chairman and governor on Friday, after spending $250 million for the team and ...

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