Boy, 11, signs 1-day deal with pro hockey team

In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., shakes the hand of Kalamazoo Wings coach Nick Bootland after signing a contract to be a Kalamazoo Wing. The team presented Colin with a one-day contract that will allow him to join the Wings for their home game Sunday. Colin has a condition similar to Asperger's syndrome that makes it difficult to relate to peers. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Chuck Miller)
In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., shakes the hand of Kalamazoo Wings coach Nick Bootland after signing a contract to be a Kalamazoo Wing. The team presented Colin with a one-day contract that will allow him to join the Wings for their home game Sunday. Colin has a condition similar to Asperger's syndrome that makes it difficult to relate to peers. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Chuck Miller)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan boy who said he didn’t want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends is getting a new gig.

Professional hockey player.

Colin and his family were surprised by players, coaches and representatives of the Kalamazoo Wings at a restaurant Tuesday. The team presented the Richland boy with a one-day contract that will allow him to join the Wings for their home game Sunday.

Colin has a condition similar to Asperger’s syndrome that makes it difficult to relate to peers. His mother created a “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page that drew more than 2 million “likes.” He also received thousands of cards.

The family asked that their last name not be used.

Colin tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that the outpouring of affection has “been very heartwarming.”

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