The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have agreed to terms with defenseman Nolan Valleau (vah-LOO) on a two-year contract, which runs through the end of the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.
Valleau, 22, recorded 19 points (2G, 17A) in 39 regular-season games with Bowling Green of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association during his freshman campaign; he shared the team lead in assists and seventh among league defensemen in scoring. The Novi, Mich., native shared second on the team with seven power-play points (7A) and registered 37 blocked shots and a +3 plus/minus rating. He was named to the 2014-15 WCHA All-Rookie team. Valleau tallied 26 points (8G, 18A) in 64 regular-season games during the 2012-13 season, which he split between the Chicago Steel and Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. Prior to that, he posted 31 points (6G, 25A) in 53 regular-season games with the North American Hockey League’s Port Huron Fighting Falcons and New Mexico Mustangs.