The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins were upstaged during their White House visit Monday by an ice-hockey amateur who looked almost as rugged: Sen. John Kerry.
The Massachusetts Democrat, 68, was sporting two black eyes and a broken nose — the result, his office said, of a recent pick-up hockey game with family and friends. (Updated 1/26: See earlier photo of John Kerry’s face injury)
Who — or what — hit him? Aides were vague on details; no word on where the game took place, if he sought treatment or how he got whacked. Kerry’s been banged up before on the ice: He attributed his ‘09 hip surgery and ‘05 knee surgery to the rigors of hockey and other sports; before he entered Congress he had jaw surgery for a bad bite exacerbated by a run-in with a goal post (though some cynics noted it coincidentally made him more handsome).
Update 4:20 p.m.: No stick, puck or fist is to blame for the senator’s shiners: We’ve learned that the injury happened when he fell amid a multi-player pile-up during an annual game with friends around New Year’s. It required a couple stitches, and he’ll be back on the ice this winter — but probably with a mask from now on.
Another nose out of joint: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who skipped the ceremony to protest the “out of control” growth of government, he explained on Facebook, “threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.”