Carl Watts, a.k.a. Karill Yugorov has died. For more than half a century he was the television and radio voice of Russian news.
But he also had a fascinating hockey tie-in.
Because he could speak perfect English, Yugorov was the public address announcer in the Luzhniki Ice Palace in Moscow during the 1972 Summit Series. Now that in itself is not so fascinating. But the story of how he knew perfect English is.
It turns out Karill Yugorov was born in Winnipeg and was originally named Carl Watts. He and his brother were one of the few Canadians to defect to the Soviet Union. Here's more on "The Voice of Russia."