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) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT

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

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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 (http://bit.ly/1gG57hO ) that the outpouring of affection has "been very heartwarming."

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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