March 24, 2015

A photo showing a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer playing hockey on an outdoor rink high up on a mountain while wearing the traditional Mountie hat and red uniform has gone viral and been dubbed the “most Canadian photo ever.”

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RCMP Corporal Shaun Begg jumped at the opportunity to play hockey on a rink up in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, and got permission to take his uniform with him.

The 40-year-old told ABC News that during a break in the game, he put on his uniform and hat and took to the ice against a goalie while his friend took a picture. Begg said he was just hoping to get a photo for his screen saver or office wall, but when he shared it with his superiors, they shared it further, and it went on from there, eventually even getting retweeted by the NHL.

Begg called the whole thing “humbling” and “overwhelming,” and said he’s happy to represent Canada and his fellow Mounties.