04/15/2015 11:04 EDT | Updated 06/26/2015 08:59 EDT

Canucks president Trevor Linden wishes he was playing in Stanley Cup playoffs

Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden wishes he was on the ice when the Canucks take on the Calgary Flames in game one, round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"It is easier being on the ice than it is sitting up in the box because I think you play every shift with every player. So it's an emotionally hard night from that stand point," Linden told CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang just hours before the game.

"I know how my mom felt for all those years because you just want your guys to just do well."

Linden, 45, played 118 playoff games during his 16-season career with the Vancouver Canucks. He retired in 2008, but returned last April when he was named president of hockey operations.

Watch Linden's interview with Andrew Chang to hear more of his thoughts on the game.