The NBA season hasn't started yet, but the Toronto Raptors already received crushing news.

The team's mascot, known as 'The Raptor', tore his Achilles tendon in Halifax during a school visit and will miss the entire 2013-14 season. 

The team announced he will undergo surgery and they hope to find a replacement before the start of the season on October 30 when Toronto hosts the Boston Celtics.

Coach Dwane Casey said his daughter cried when she was told about the injury.