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11-year-old signs 1-day contract with K-Wings

To join team for Sunday game against Komets

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 against the Fort Wayne Komets.

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

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