1) Waking up from a drunken stupor to find that your sexual partner of the previous night is not only ghastly, but is sleeping with his/her head resting on your arm. The only way to escape, without waking the beast, is to chew off your arm and flee.
2) Spending all summer running from camp to camp, try-out to try-out, and finally ending up in Pt. Huron. Drunk with enthusiasm, the player begins the season with his head held high. By Thanksgiving two-thirds of the team is exploring other options, even considering sitting out the remainder of the season.
Dude, that team sucks, you would be better off coming back home to work at McDonalds.
3) Spending hard-earned money to send the child to play for a non-sanctioned junior hockey team. Punch drunk with disappointment, the family decides that volunteering to scrub the school bathrooms clean from any COVID-19 viruses is a more meaningful experience than watching the team drop another 12-0 or 18-3 game on HockeyTV.
Mom and Dad, I know that we bought the season pass to watch the game, but cleaning at the school will be a more positive experience.
How bad could it really be? Horrendous for this upcoming season. There are a large number of fly-by-night operations out there scratching and sniffing under every imaginable rock for players that can sign and pay now. The issue is that these teams are in states where the governors may be politically motivated to retard many public events and activities. Or they play in a division with teams in those states. Simply stated, there's a very high likelihood that a number of teams won't be playing hockey this season.
Without the oversight and protection of USA Hockey, how can any family expect to get a refund from an operator that is spending that money on his family and bills? Do you really think that going to the non-sanctioned league for help is going to accomplish anything?
Good luck with that.