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Kalamazoo Wings surprise boy, 11

3/19/2014 - NHL

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- 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 ECHL's 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 syndrome that makes it difficult for him 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 its last name not be used.

Colin told the Kalamazoo Gazette that the outpouring of affection has "been very heartwarming."