Another Brick in The Rangers Wall
By Michael Obernauer
Any hockey fan is familiar with the standard procedure of NHL Draft day: Young player hears his name called, hugs his family and emerges from the crowd, puts on the sweater of his new team, poses for photos. Repeat.
These are special memories for each player and each family, but Tyler Wall’s experience was very different and no less special. On the morning of June 25, 2016, like any other morning around that time, he got up and went to his job at an auto parts store in his hometown of Leamington, Ontario. That’s where Wall had grown up, where he had played his youth hockey, and where he had just finished his first full season in Junior, and the only expectations he had in June of 2016 were that it would be his last month at home before moving on to enroll at UMass Lowell and start playing in the NCAA.