The Latest 05 Jan 12

>>T’wolves Practice

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Timberwolves are set to practice over the noon hour today at the Target Center, a day after losing to 90-86 at home to Memphis. The Wolves will host Cleveland tomorrow night at the Target Center. The Cavaliers lost to Toronto last night. Tomorrow’s tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

>>Gopher Women

(Evanston, IL) — The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team is at Northwestern for a game tonight. The Gophers are coming off of an 84-43 win over Indiana on Monday. The Minnesota season record is 9-and-7, while the Gophers are 1-and-1 in the Big Ten. Northwestern is 10-and-4 overall and 0-and-1 in the league. Tipoff tonight is 7 p.m.

>>NSIC Honors Two

(Burnsville, MN) — The NSIC has named is players of week for men’s and women’s basketball. Northern State junior forward Dustin Tetzlaff of Watertown, South Dakota is the Men’s Player of the Week, while Augustana junior forward Alex Feeney of Bismarck, North Dakota is the Women’s Player of the Week.

>>Wild In Canada

(Banff, Alberta) — The Minnesota Wild are scheduled to work out the next two days in Banff, Alberta getting ready for their Saturday game at Calgary. The Wild lost last night 3-0 at Vancouver. The club will have an afternoon skate in Alberta later today and a mid-morning skate there tomorrow. Saturday’s game is a 12:30 p.m. start.

>>Prosser Back To Houston

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Wild have sent defenseman Nate Prosser down to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. In his time with the big club, Prosser, from Elk River, has five assists and has totaled 18 penalty minutes in 18 games this season.

>>Panthers Pick Up Veteran Madden

(Sunrise, FL) — The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with center John Madden on a one-year contract. Madden has 162 career goals in 12 seasons with the Devils, Blackhawks and Wild and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion. He won titles with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003, and another with Chicago in 2010. The 38-year-old Madden had 12 goals and 13 assists with Minnesota last season.

>>New Commissioner For Hockey League

(Colorado Springs, CO) — The new National Collegiate Hockey Conference has named its new commissioner. Athletic directors from the eight member institutions chose 50-year-old Jim Scherr as the conference’s new boss. Scherr had previously served as chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He is a former college wrestler who admits he will need some guidance on hockey operations. University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi was contacted about the position but told committee members he was not interested in the position. The new league consists of St. Cloud State, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota, Denver, Colorado College, Miami of Ohio, Nebraska-Omaha, and Western Michigan. Competition will begin in 2013.

>>WCHA Players Of Week

(Madison, WI) — The WCHA has named it weekly award winners for men’s hockey. Denver teammates Juho Olkinuora of Helsinki, Finland; and Drew Shore of Denver are honorees. Shore is the Offensive Player of the Week, while Olkinuora is the Defensive Player of the Week. North Dakota forward Connor Gaardner of Edina is the Freshman of the Week.