Mich. boy who thought he had no friends signs with hockey team

Mich. boy who thought he had no friends signs with pro hockey team

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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 Jaspare's Pizza 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.

"I was not expecting this," Colin told the Kalamazoo Gazette after arriving at the restaurant. "I knew we were going to the restaurant, but I was not expecting the rest."

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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