Tomas Tatar found comfort in hockey and his Red Wings family.

Over the past week, he has gone from the thrill of being named to the Slovakian Olympic team to the devastation of losing his father, followed by two emotional games in southern California, the first of which saw Tatar honor his father with a game-winning goal.

“He’s a mentally tough kid,” friend and linemate Todd Bertuzzi said Sunday at the Honda Center. “The way he’s played is terrific.”

Tatar will leave the Wings through Thursday to attend the funeral of his father, Jan, who died last week after a liver ailment. Tatar had flown home during the NHL Christmas break knowing his dad was very sick. He wasn’t sure if his dad realized he had been selected to represent their homeland in Sochi next month.

“I’ve got to go home and say last bye to my dad,” Tatar said. “I was glad I was able to see him at Christmas, spend time with him.”

Tatar has been with the Wings barely a whole calendar year and is only 23, but as Daniel Cleary put it, “it feels like he’s been on the team for 10 years.”

Tatar is irrepressible, as a player and a person.

“The kid’s been through a lot,” Jimmy Howard said. “All our hearts go out to him.”

Tatar had four shots on net in Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Anaheim. One night earlier at Los Angeles, he scored the winner, dedicating the goal to his dad. Tatar looked like a power forward in setting up the Wings’ first goal that night — by Riley Sheahan — stickhandling through L.A.’s zone.