And brilliant on-baller Scott Pendlebury was anointed as the Magpies most likely next captain as he continues as deputy to Maxwell.
But in confirmation of a rapid rise into seniority, Pies management elevated reigning fairest-and-best and budding star Dayne Beams as a deputy vice-captain.
Beams, who turns 23 next week, is the youngest Pies leader and steps into the prestigious role alongside veteran Luke Ball.
Ball, 28, resumes playing this season after the tough on-baller suffered a serious knee injury and full reconstruction in April last year.
Pies coach Nathan Buckley revealed his on-field his leadership troops on Tuesday and declared Maxwell the stand-out choice.
Maxwell, 29, will be Pies skipper for the fifth consecutive year in his 10th AFL season.
The 2010 Pies premiership skipper is out of contract at the end of this season, but recently declared hopes to continue into at least 2014 with successful negotiations on a new deal.
Buckley and his support staff consdiered recommendations from the Pies players before a final decision on captain for 2013.
"It was a relatively simple process to choose them - it's about influence and getting people to come our way," he said.
"These players will be expected to drive this playing group to great things this season."
Buckley fully endorsed his durable key defender as skipper but emphasised a final decision was largely down to Pies players on who was best suited to the important skipper's position.