Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola has been nominated to become the next United States Secretary of the Army. The nomination will have to be confirmed by the United States Senate in several weeks.
The ownership of the Florida Panthers franchise will be placed in a trust with the approval of the National Hockey League Board of Governors. Viola would give up his title of Chairman and Governor with Sunrise Sports and Entertainment to fellow co-owner Doug Cifu. Viola and Cifu purchased the Florida Panthers on September 27, 2013.