The Florida Panthers ushered in a new era today when Vincent Viola was introduced as the new principal owner, chairman, and governor of the Florida Panthers.
The $250 million dollar sale of the franchise also includes operating rights to the BB&T Center, the Panthers practice facility Savology.com IcePlex, and the team’s development partnership with Boyd Gaming a conjoined effort to build a casino next to the BB&T Center.
Douglas Cifu, a partner of Viola’s, was introduced as vice chairman, partner and alternate governor. Michael Yormark, the team president under the previous owners, will be staying with the franchise as President and CEO.
“My family and I are honored to take the helm of the Florida Panthers organization with the No. 1 goal of putting a winning team on the ice year after year and bringing a Stanley Cup to our incredible fans here in South Florida,” Viola said. “I believe strongly in family, work-ethic, loyalty, relentless effort and a positive attitude and we hope to build an organization based on those principles.”
This is an exciting time for the Panthers and their fans. The new ownership provides new hope for the future and Viola’s goal of “bringing a Stanley Cup to our incredible fans here in South Florida” is one that he shares with every player, coach and fan.
With the new ownership, the Tim Thomas signing and the season just around the corner things are looking up for Panther fans.