Published March 19, 2014
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 boy, from Richland, Mich., 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 told the Kalamazoo Gazette that the outpouring of affection has "been very heartwarming."
"I was not expecting this," Colin told the newspaper. "I knew we were going to the restaurant, but I was not expecting the rest."
The one-day contract will allow Colin to get his own jersey, drop the game puck and sit on the bench with the players, according to the newspaper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.