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

  • Associated Press
  • March 19, 2014 - 9:45 AM

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 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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