Sorry dude, no sympathy here. 20% cut when you're making 1.5 mil hurts you a lot less than the guy supporting his family on 70k (or less in many cases). Too bad you're going to have to keep working after hockey, everyone here is working until their 65 too (not to mention, an ex-nhler has a specilized skill and experience, go hustle around the camp and clinic circuit, consult). Physically demanding? A guy that did some masonry work for me, in his early 40s can barely stand straight up at the end of the day. I know plenty of people who have worked hard, sacrificed (and I'm not talking about playing a sport they love either), and are still just making it.
Paul Bissionette makes public appeals for sympathy then tweets pics of him and his favorite seamstress at Barney's. Sorry again dude. I don't feel the least bit sorry for you either. If your payday is so fleeting, maybe you should live more conservatively. Players are coming off like immature, uneducated, babies.
I'm not taking the owners side either. They're just as greedy. No one is winning here.
Good point about the people who depend on a games for their livelihood. But the players and owners could give a crap.