01/24/2012 06:19 am ET Updated Jun 19, 2017

John Kerry Appears At The White House Sporting A Broken Nose, 2 Black Eyes

Sen. John Kerry made quite an impression on Monday when he appeared at a White House event honoring the Stanley Cup champs, the Boston Bruins, sporting a broken nose and two black eyes.

The 68-year-old senior Democrat from Massachusetts suffered the injuries during a pickup hockey game over the holidays. According to the Political Intelligence blog, Kerry was hit in the face with a hockey stick.

"He's totally fine," Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith told ABC News. "Very ironically he busted his nose recently playing ice hockey, so the Bruins can certainly relate."

Kerry has played hockey for many years, typically in the forward/right wing position. The centrist lawmaker and former presidential contender also participates in the Congressional Hockey Challenge, a charity event between lawmakers and lobbyists that raises thousands of dollars for the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club in Washington D.C.