In a recent report from Rick Westhead, Malcolm Subban's name was mentioned in regards to illegal side deals that were made in the CHL. These findings were unearthed from the testimony of players trying to get an Ontario court to confirm that around 1300 teenaged CHL players are employees of the teams, and not just part of a developmental league with student athletes. If the court confirms, then the players should have the right to be paid at least a minimum wage.
Here's the section on Malcolm Subban:
When [John Chartrand] played for the Bulls, Malcolm Subban, a star player whose brother P.K. Subban played for the Bulls before becoming an NHL star, claimed during a conversation with me to receive $0.50 from every Bulls ticket sold."
Doing some quick research, this seems like Subban bragging and exaggerating a little. During his three full years there, Subban would have averaged over $44,000 in extra pay from Belleville, and over $132,000 in his three full years there. Looking at this in relation to the average ticket prices for Belleville, it is fairly high for just one player, and a lot trickier to fudge when the tax man comes.
In 2014-15, the closest I could find to Subban's playing years from 2010-2013 the median price for season tickets was $494 for 34 home games, or roughly $14.50 per game. The median single game ticket cost $19, meaning between 1/29th and 1/38th of each ticket's return would have gone straight to Subban, cutting into the revenue needed to pay for the rink, coaches, scouts, ticket attendants, and all other personnel needed to run a hockey team. With CHL teams often running close to breaking a profit, with many losing money year in and year out, throwing this much money at one player doesn't seem worth it
$.50 per ticket sold? That's a bit high, and if this backdoor deal even happened it was likely closer to $.05 per ticket sold, bringing it down to about $4,400 per year, and $13,000 over his tenure with the Bulls. Either way, the CHL has got some serious explaining to do.