One of the great forward lines around the turn of the century was comprised of three players who were to be elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame -- Harry Trihey, Arthur Farrell, and Frederick Scanlan.
This unit played for the Montreal Shamrocks. Scanlan joined the club in 1897-98 and quickly became part of the forward foursome, which also included Jack Brannen at rover. The Shamrocks, a team that had originated in 1893 at St. Mary's College, won consecutive Stanley Cup victories in 1898-99 and 1899-1900 after finishing in first place in their league both seasons.
Scanlan remained with the Shamrocks through the 1900-01 season, then shifted to the Winnipeg Victorias, where he remained until he decided to retire after the 1902-03 season. At the close of his career, he was credited with having scored 16 goals in 31 games. He also scored six goals in 17 playoff games.
Fred Scanlan played in the era when forward passing was not allowed; in other words, all passes had to be lateral. The forwards usually advanced up the ice abreast while the rover trailed.
Frank J. Selke, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, once said of Scanlan: "He was the workhorse of the great Shamrock forward line, always ready for his share in the new-style combination attacks, combining heady play with an accurate shot."
Fred Scanlan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965.