Colin gets 1-day deal with K-Wings

In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., shakes the hand of Kalamazoo Wings coach Nick Bootland after signing a contract to be a Kalamazoo Wing. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Chuck Miller)
In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Colin, 11, of Richland, Mich., shakes the hand of Kalamazoo Wings coach Nick Bootland after signing a contract to be a Kalamazoo Wing. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Chuck Miller)

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

The Kalamazoo Wings on Tuesday presented Colin with a one-day contract letting him join the team for its home game Sunday against the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL.

The K-Wings play the Fort Wayne Komets. (March 23, 2014)
(The K-Wings play the Fort Wayne Komets. March 23, 2014)

Kalamazoo scored four unanswered goals Sunday afternoon to beat the Komets 5-3.

Wings spokesman Mike Modugno says the win was “particularly sweet” for the Richland boy, who 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 well-wishes and cards and ‘Good Morning America’ threw him a birthday party in Times Square in New York City.

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Colin turned 11 on March 9.

Colin. (Undated courtesy photo)
Colin. (Undated courtesy photo)

The family asked that their last name not be used.

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Online:

Happy Birthday, Colin Facebook

Via mail:

PO Box 756
Richland, MI 49083-0757

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