Fred "Steamer" Maxwell left his mark on everyone during a sports career that spanned 50 years. A man of deep principles, he retired as a player in 1916, when he discovered that some of his teammates had received gifts and money to play for Winnipeg Monarchs, the 1914-15 Allan Cup Champions. A rover who lived to see his position abolished, Maxwell would always hold the 1915 Monarchs in high esteem. As late as 1963, he described them as the "finest team ever to win the Canadian senior championship."
Following his retirement as a player, at the tender age of 24, he coached the Monarchs for two years, then moved over to the Falcons who brought world attention. Maxwell coached the Falcons to the Allan Cup in 1919, and again a year later when the team represented Canada in the 1920 Olympics and won the gold medal. He coached the Elmwood Millionaires, The Winnipegs, the Monarchs again, then the Selkirk Fisherman before becoming the coach of the 1928 Maroons in the American Association pro circuit. He resisted the temptation to pursue a career in pro hockey by turning down a $1,500 offer from Toronto Maple Leafs.
His other passions included baseball, golf, ten pin bowling and football. He was a founder of the Arena baseball club in 1908 and became the team's manager in 1912. Twice, he won the club championships at Elmhurst, reaching the quarter-finals of the Manitoba Amateur and the final of the Canadian Amateur at Jasper in 1929.
Maxwell's selection to Hockey's Hall of Fame in 1962 flabbergasted him. "Few men in the history of the game achieved more as a player, coach and referee than Fred Maxwell," wrote Free Press sports editor Maurice Smith, expressing his delight over "Steamer's" selection.