Thirteen years in the league and still skating strong, Dallas Stars’ center Mike Modano is taking to the ice this season in the brand-new American Airlines Center. At 31, Modano’s already racked up franchise records, including most goals, most points, and most game-winning goals. Here are his thoughts on the ice ahead.

AW: What do you think about the new playing surface?
With new cooling designs, the ice is harder and faster. The pipes are closer together than at Reunion, which will help with speed, especially in the warmer months.

AW: Anything you’ll miss about Reunion Arena?
The nostalgia and all of the good memories. Reunion was our home since moving to Dallas from Minnesota. We won a Stanley Cup playing in Reunion and the fans were always loud and into the game.

AW: What’s up with the five o’clock shadow you always seem to sport during a game?
Coincidence. I don’t shave every day, but it isn’t anything I do for any special reason.

AW: Any ritual you’ll bring to the new arena to help pump you up for the game?
Usually we will listen to hard rock music in the locker room.