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.

The Richland boy and his family were surprised by players, coaches and representatives of the Kalamazoo Wings at a restaurant.

The team presented the boy with a one-day contract that will allow him to join the Wings for their home game Sunday.

He has a condition similar to Asperger's syndrome that makes it difficult to relate to peers.