Alfred Steinke was one of the oldest participants ever in the ice hockey competition in the Olympics. He was part of the German teams at the LIHG Championships in 1912-14, winning in 1912 and 1913, and the European Championships in 1910-11, 1913-14 and 1927, placing second in 1910, 1911 and 1914, as well as third in 1913 and 1927. Steinke began playing in 1900 for BFC Preussen but later, with Berliner SC, Steinke won German Championships in 1912-14, 1920 (unclear), 1923-26, and 1928-29. He won the Spengler Cup in 1924, 1926 and 1928. Steinke was initially a defender and forward, but finished his career as a goalie.
Steinke later became one of the leading ice hockey administrators in Germany. From 1935 he was a technical director for ice hockey and in 1936 was a member of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and was the organizer of the ice hockey tournament, as well as a referee. Steinke was also co-author of the German ice hockey and roller sport magazine Eishockey im Deutschen Eislauf-Verband. During World War II Steinke served in Romania but was killed-in-action in Berlin during the last days of World War II.