The 6'1" offensive defenseman from southeastern Michigan was originally committed to Ohio State, but after the Buckeyes fired head coach Mark Osiecki, Valleau chose to look for a different school.
Valleau ended up at Bowling Green though after making that decision very late in the process, had to to sit out a season there as a redshirt year. As a redshirt freshman last season for the Falcons, Valleau made an immediate impact on the blueline. He was the team's second-highest scoring defenseman scoring two goals and 17 assists, including seven points on the power play.
Valleau skated at Chicago's prospect development camp on a free agent invitation this past summer where he apparently impressed Blackhawk brass enough to earn the contract. The Falcons still have eight defensemen on their roster for next season.