Per wrote:I say you're both right. It's a phenomenal job, but it takes huge sacrifices to get there and to stay there. And at the end of their career many hockey players are more or less crippled. Bad backs, bad knees, false teeth, various ailments caused by multiple concussions... Still. The best of them make a huge amount of money while doing what they love most. It's worse for the also-rans, the once who made the exact same sacrifices but never reach the level where they can cash in.
Some have health problems, but the vast majority are perfectly fine after hockey.
In my mind being a pro hockey player is akin to winning the lottery, easily one of the most enjoyable careers on the planet and one where you can easily set yourself up with enough money to be be very wealthy until the day you die.
They straight up deserve no sympathy regardless of how badly they get their asses handed to them in the CBA. Unless that is we should also feel sorry for movie stars and popular musicians.
That said they do have every right to negotiate the best deal they can (as do the owners), but turning it into some sort of riotous cause is utterly ridiculous.