Just do the math:
With 15 players and 1 goalie-
Tier1 team annual fee (average): $72,000.00
Tier2 team annual fee (average): $31,000.00
(Juniors, with 22 players on team paying nearly $10k per player. + goalie: $225,000.00/year)
Will rinks survive?= Yes
Why do AA players end up on AAA?= Money
As long as parents are suckers, the rinks will keep taking their money. And as long as parents keep seeing their kids as future NHL'ers, they'll remain suckers. They'll keep shelling out $200+ for a plastic hockey stick, hundreds of dollars for special clinics, $500 for skates, etc. It's actually funny to watch.