John Kerry breaks his nose playing hockey

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) appeared at a White House event on Monday with two black eyes and a broken nose.

Kerry earned the injuries during a friendly game of hockey over the Christmas break, according to his office.

“He must feel like Mitt Romney after South Carolina,” Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith told the Boston Globe when confirming the injury. Mitt Romney lost the South Carolina primary vote last weekend after a surprise surge by GOP rival Newt Gingrich.

Kerry is well known for his love of hockey, in particular the Boston Bruins. President Obama's tribute to the 2011 Stanley Cup winners was enough to bring Kerry out despite his swollen nose and two black eyes.

"The Bruins. The Sox. The Celtics. The Patriots. Enough already Boston," Obama joked during the ceremony, according to a White House pool report.