It's a Friday afternoon in May. You put the finishing touches on the last exam of your college career - virtually, of course, because you're in the midst of a quarantine. You file it. Then, an hour later, you officially sign your first professional contract with the New York Rangers.
Just how every NHL hopeful draws it up, right?
"I asked if it would be OK to wait until after I was done with my last exam because with everything being moved online, it was pretty busy the last couple of weeks, studying and doing projects," said Wall, who wrapped up his mechanical engineering degree from UMass-Lowell on May 8th before promptly inking his entry-level deal with the Rangers. "I finished my last exam, and then like an hour later, I was signing with the Rangers, so that was a pretty special day in two respects - being done with school, and then obviously joining the New York Rangers. It was a pretty special day for me."
It was certainly a special day for both Wall and the Rangers, and one that was not necessarily a foregone conclusion. Wall, who was drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) in 2016, had options. After four full seasons minding the nets at Lowell, he could have pursued his option to explore free agency this summer.
Instead, he made the choice to commit himself to the team that took a chance on him four summers ago.