The Goathead may not be the GOAT, but it’s coming back all the same.
That’s the news out of Buffalo, where the Sabres have announced that they’re reviving their black “Goathead” uni design as a throwback for the upcoming 2022-23 season. It will be worn for 12 games, as shown in this tweet:
Get out your goathead swag…
This schedule will take up some permanent brain space. 😉
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) August 31, 2022
The Sabres originally wore this uniform from 1996-97 through 2005-06. Personally, I’ve never much cared for it, although I understand that Sabres fans like it because it’s what the team wore during what was arguably their most successful season (1998-99, when they had that controversial Stanley Cup loss to the Stars). Also, it’s better than the uni design that replaced it — the infamous Buffaslug. (You can see the team’s full uniform history here.)
Oddly, the Sabres didn’t actually show the new throwback uniform, or even the jersey, as part of their announcement, so we can’t yet assess its historical accuracy or see what kind of Adidas-ized collar the jersey will have. They said it’ll be released in early November.