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.”