2018 All-Star Valleau returns to Solar Bears

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have agreed to terms with defenseman Nolan Valleau for the 2018-19 season.

 

The Solar Bears are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning and the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch.

 

Valleau returns for his second season in Orlando and the fourth season of his professional career. Valleau led Orlando’s defensive corps in scoring with 34 points (8g-26a) and 12 penalty minutes in 41 games during the 2017-18 campaign, and added three assists and six penalty minutes in seven playoff contests. Valleau’s 17 power-play points (6g-11a) during the regular season set a new Solar Bears single-season record for points generated by a defenseman on the man advantage.

 

The 25-year-old served as one of Orlando’s alternate captains and represented the Solar Bears at the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic in Indianapolis, where he won the hardest shot competition with a shot of97 miles per hour.

 

Valleau also saw time in the American Hockey League last season, as he received Professional Try-Out Agreements from the Toronto Marlies, Chicago Wolves, Rockford IceHogs, Milwaukee Admirals and Utica Comets, appearing in 16 total AHL contests.

 

The Novi, Michigan native has skated in 165 career pro games, posting totals of 54 points (12g-42a) and 50 penalty minutes.

 

Valleau played one season of college hockey as a redshirt freshman at Bowling Green State University, where he received WCHA All-Rookie Team honors after he recorded 19 points (2g-17a) and 35 penalty minutes in 39 games for the Falcons program.

 

Valleau played junior hockey for the Des Moines Buccaneers and Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League, where he put up totals of 26 points (8g-18a) and 38 penalty minutes in 64 games. Prior to that, he posted 31 points (6g-25a) and 52 penalty minutes in 53 games with the North American Hockey League’s Port Huron Fighting Falcons and New Mexico Mustangs.