EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the second in a series of profiles highlighting this year's inductees into the Colchester County Sport Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held Friday at the Marigold Cultural Centre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Marigold in person or by calling 897-4004.
Born in November 1952, Freeman began golf at the age of five. He took home the winning trophy (on more than one occasion) at the local Apex Golf Tournament, including the 1021 edition of the event.
Freeman, the youngest boy in the sport driven Maxwell family, made Nova Scotia's junior golf team in 1971 and also played in the Canadian Golf Championship the same year. Freeman won the Truro Club Championship in 1975.
In hockey, Freeman started out playing for Willow Street School under the Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association. While gaining valuable experience through the ranks into midget hockey, at 18 Freeman made the jump to junior hockey with the Truro Bearcats. Highlights in the right-winger's career would include playing on two provincial championship team and representing Nova Scotia with the Truro team in the 1971 Canada Games in Saskatoon. The team made the province proud bringing home a silver medal.
During these national events, Freeman had the opportunity to compete against the top players in Canada.
"Getting to play against Bob Gainey back then, when he was just getting established, was quite a thing," Freeman said.
Former Bearcats coach Hugh Matheson commented on Freeman Maxwell.
"I remember Freeman set Randy Crowell up for a lot of his goals. They worked well together. He was a dedicated team man and a real good hockey player."
Besides the hockey rink and golf course, Freeman could also be found on the ball field where he spent many summers playing intermediate.
Mr. Kool Radiator Junior Baseball Team
The continuation from age-level baseball to junior was natural.
By 1988, a resurgence of baseball in the Truro/Bible Hill area was well underway; there was a strong bank of local players who experienced success at the bantam, midget and juvenile level, and with a willing sponsor on board, the Mr. Kool Radiator junior team formed.
The 1988 season was a banner one, marked by a 31-4 record and several titles. In its inaugural season, Mr. Kool Radiator captured the regular season and playoff titles in the six-team Truro and District Baseball League, the provincial junior championship and the Atlantic crown.
There was no shortage of pitching, hitting, team defense and dramatics that season. This team served as a first step to the return of senior baseball to Colchester County.