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Michigan boy, 11, who said he was friendless gets 1-day deal with professional hockey team

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    In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., sits with his family talking with members of the Kalamazoo Wings. The team presented Colin 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. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Chuck Miller) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT

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    In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., looks over the contract he signed that was given to him by Kalamazoo Wings coach Nick Bootland. The team presented Colin 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. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Chuck Miller) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT

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    Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., shakes the hand of Kalamazoo Wings coach Nick Bootland after signing a contract to be a Kalamazoo Wing.

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Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., shakes the hand of Kalamazoo Wings coach Nick Bootland after signing a contract to be a Kalamazoo Wing.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Michigan boy who said he didn’t want an 11th birthday party because he had no friends has a new gig as a professional hockey player.

The Kalamazoo Wings on Tuesday presented Colin with a one-day contract that allowing him to join the team for its home game Sunday.

The Richland boy 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.

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