Defensemen Zdeno Chara and P.K. Subban have been on-ice foes for many years now, and it’s clear there is mutual respect between the two.

With the Boston Bruins’ season now complete, coming to a bitter end with a loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, Chara took to Instagram to salute his team and the fans. Chara’s post predictably garnered quite a few responses from fans and fellow NHL players, and the Nashville Predators star was among those to send some support to the 42-year-old.

Check out this exchange between Chara and Subban:

Predators' P.K. Subban; Bruins' Zdeno Chara

Instagram Screengrab/@zeechara33

Indeed, Chara has earned the deserved reputation of a great leader over his many years in the league. And though he probably receives comments like Subban’s a lot, it certainly must have felt great hearing it from a fellow star blueliner.

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