Despite recent broken nose, docs give Kerry the go-ahead to hit the ice

Sen. John Kerry is one hard-core ice hockey enthusiast. 

The Massachusetts Democrat, who appeared pretty roughed up by a match a little more than a month ago, is getting ready to lace up once again this weekend.

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Kerry, 68, shocked onlookers when he sported a pair of black eyes and a broken nose in January as he greeted the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins at a White House event. His office said at the time that the shiners and injury to his schnoz were a result of an especially brutal New Year’s hockey game with friends. 

But he’s not letting a few dings keep him off the ice. Kerry tells ITK in an email that he’s definitely still on the roster for Sunday’s fourth annual Congressional Hockey Challenge: “I can’t wait to get back out there and raise a little money for a great cause.”

The charity match at the Verizon Center pits lawmakers against Washington lobbyists to raise money for the District’s Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club.

ITK inquired with Dr. Roger Friedman, who fixes many a broken nose at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, whether it is a good idea for the recently banged-up senator to slip on his skates so soon. Friedman says most noses heal in about four weeks, and Kerry’s injury could actually help prevent him from breaking it again, telling us, “The bone actually gets a little bit thicker.”

Dr. J. Gordon Vap, who practices at D.C.’s Ear, Nose & Throat Medical Group, also gives his seal of approval to Kerry competing on the ice once again, saying, “I think he could go ahead and do it.”

However, this time, Kerry says he’ll take one extra precaution: “We go out and hack around and have fun, but from here on out, I’ll be doing it with a face mask. Talk about a lesson learned the hard way.”

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