The landscape on ice is altering rapidly.

For several years, hockey and figure skating have been dominated by white athletes, and to differing degrees, they still are today.But three Black

competitors on the 6th season of Battle of the Blades-- previous NHLer Akim Aliu and figure skaters Asher Hill and Vanessa James-- are making efforts to change that.

Aliu first spoke about the racism he experienced in hockey in November, when he stated he was targeted by then-Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters while the two remained in junior hockey together. Peters was fired soon after.

That revelation ended up being the tip of the iceberg, with numerous other NHL coaches being called out for abuse.

In May, as the NHL was readying to reboot its season amidst a worldwide racial numeration following the death of George Floyd, Aliu and a group of BIPOC hockey gamers formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA).

SEE Aliu initially spoke about the racism he experienced in hockey in November, when he said he was targeted by then-Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters while the 2 were in junior hockey together. Aliu, James, Hill go over diversity in particular sports:

Akim Aliu, Asher Hill, and Vanessa James are not only part of this season's Battle of The Blades, however likewise variety alliances in their sports. Aliu is matched on Battle of the Blades with James, a six-time French pairs champ, 2018 Grand Prix Final champ and 2019 European champ. The two have already made a strong connection due to their shared experiences in predominantly white sports. Along with Aliu, James and Hill, former NHLer Anthony Stewart rounds out the Black skaters on the newest edition of Battle of the Blades.