03/19/2014 10:59 EDT | Updated 05/19/2014 05:59 EDT

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

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.

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 tells the Kalamazoo Gazette ( ) that the outpouring of affection has "been very heartwarming."


Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette,