According to head coach Cory Clouston, Ben Maxwell benefited from a season playing along side veteran Adam Cracknell (CGY), who finished third in WHL scoring. He was chosen second overall by Kootenay in the 2003 Bantam Draft. Maxwell was named to the U18 National Team and competed in the World Championship tournament in Sweden in April. He also played in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Ottawa this season. As a WHL rookie, Maxwell played in 68 games, posting eight goals and 10 assists.
2005-06: Taking on a bigger role with increased ice time, Maxwell exploded in his second WHL season. His play also earned him a spot on the under-18 national team and the CHL/NHL prospects game this season. Maxwell was the 44th-ranked North American according to NHL Central Scouting’s final numbers.
2006-07: In 39 games with Kootenay (WHL), Maxwell netted 19 goals and 53 points, one of his highest totals to date
2007-08: In his fourth full season with the Kootenay Ice (WHL), Maxwell netted nine goals and 27 points in 31 games. Expect to see him with Hamilton (AHL) next season.
2008-09: The center netted 22 goals and 58 points in 73 games with Hamilton (AHL) in his first year of professional hockey. He also appeared in seven games with the Canadiens, which was his first look at the NHL.
2009-10: Ben returned for a second season with Hamilton, once again playing an integral part of their offense, with 44 points in 57 games. A short 13 game stay with Montreal failed to yield results.
2010-11: Traded to Atlanta in a deadline deal, Maxwell scored his first NHL goal in a 12 game stint with the Thrashers. Having failed to register a point in 13 games with Montreal, the silky-smooth playmaker showed an increased desire to compete while in Atlanta, even dropping the gloves. A top scorer in the AHL, Maxwell had 40 points in 47 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs prior to the trade.
2011-12: Maxwell made the Jets out of training camp for the second straight season but after missing five games with an early season injury was placed on waivers and claimed by Anaheim. He was waived by the Ducks in December and re-claimed by the Jets. He played a total of 15 games in the NHL between the Ducks and Jets; spending most of the season with St. John's in the AHL. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was plus-four with 2 penalty minutes in his brief NHL time. Maxwell scored 8 goals with 17 assists and was minus-seven with 35 penalty minutes in 43 AHL games with the IceCaps. St. John's finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the Easetern Conference finals. Maxwell scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was minus-four with 4 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games.
Cory Clouston, Kootenay Head Coach: “Depending on who we’re playing, whether it’s a road game or at home, it kind of varies who else he might play with. He’s a key guy for us because when you play teams with three good lines, Ben will be matched up with somebody who has a real good physical presence. Ben is a guy who will make things difficult for opponents. He generally responds quite well in the physical department.”