Sen. John Kerry showing off a pair of shiners at the White House on Monday. (Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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.”

Update 1/26: John Kerry’s hockey accident — so bad he had to wear shades!