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McNabb, Classmates Take on Americas
By Brampton Battalion | Published  03/9/2011 | Sports & Leisure | Rating:
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Brampton - Graham McNabb has applied the same diligence to his postsecondary studies that he brought to his four seasons with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League.

McNabb and three classmates at the University of Prince Edward Island recently won the Atlantic Canada Global Investment Research Challenge sponsored by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

The quartet, which bested teams from Memorial University, Saint Mary’s University, St. Francis Xavier University and the University of New Brunswick in competition at Halifax on Feb. 4, spent a semester researching Dollarama, a dollar-store operator with more than 600 locations across Canada.

“We did it for a business research class,” McNabb said Tuesday via telephone from Charlottetown. “Our professor asked us if we would do it, and we were all interested in the task. We did a research report and we looked at it as if we were four investors looking to invest in this company. Half of our mark went to the report; the other half went to the presentation we did in Halifax.”

McNabb’s group is to compete against teams from 40 other universities from North and South America at the CFA Institute’s Americas Regional Final at Omaha, Neb., April 7-8. The Global Finals are scheduled for April 9.

“We’re just being judged on the presentation, so there isn’t much more work to do on the report other than just refining it. It’s going to be very competitive. We’re all looking forward to the experience. It’s a great group to work with.”

McNabb, a resident of Minesing, Ont., who turned 24 on Feb. 23, is in his third year at UPEI, taking advantage of the scholarship he earned with the Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate this spring with a degree in business administration. He’s contemplating a return for a fourth year to take some classes toward a Chartered Accountant designation.

“By the time I was finished in Brampton I’d completed a year and a half worth of university credits. I might come back next year and play some hockey, too.”

A sixth-round pick in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection, McNabb debuted with the Battalion in a 4-1 home-ice victory over the Plymouth Whalers on Oct. 31, 2004. One of the most defensively responsible forwards in club history, he recorded 46 goals and 64 assists for 110 points in 228 career games culminating in 2007-08. He never missed a game because of injury, establishing the club record of 205 consecutive games played.

McNabb has proved durable with the UPEI Panthers as well, never missing a game over three seasons while registering 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points in 74 games.

“I liked the school, and it has a pretty good business school. The hockey program seemed like it was on its way up when I came here. I wanted to go somewhere where I’d be a big part of the program and have a chance to play a lot on a good team. We’ve improved every year, even if we’ve struggled in playoffs.”

McNabb’s UPEI teammates have included three onetime Battalion members, forwards Howie Martin and Taylor Raszka and defenceman Tomas Stryncl. McNabb has played against Battalion teammates Jason Cassidy and Luke Lynes and numerous former foes from the OHL in the eight-team Atlantic University Sport league.

“I was amazed at the calibre of hockey down here, and it gets better every year,” said McNabb. “The teams are all really good. All the teams that used to be at the bottom of the league are getting better. There’s a lot of parity here.”


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